Japan Trends

  • Ginza's tourist beacon getting brighter every day

    New landmarks beautifying a district known for its tony shopping streets

  • Japanese comedians milk culture gaps for giggles across Asia

    Talent agency Yoshimoto tests waters in Indonesia, Taiwan, elsewhere

  • Japan's travel sites cater more activities to foreigners

    Menus and languages expanded as tourists choose private trips over group tours

  • Cutting overtime in Japan -- a staffing company's efforts

    Workers set quitting-time targets to encourage efficiency

  • Cherry blossoms to flower in Tokyo from March 26

    Forecast is consistent with yearly average

  • Storied Tokyo market handling a lot less fish these days

    Poor catches, aging facilities and changing tastes all take a toll

  • Vinyl boom rolls into Japan at 33rpm

    Analogue music takes the stage in a country known for digital likings

  • Disney, Universal Studios want you outside

    Exclusive wintertime shows scheduled to draw park-goers

  • Virtual idols win legions of real-world fans in Japan

    Technology brings anime fantasies to life for devotees of J-pop

  • Japan's multilingual tech helping secure foreigners' safety

    Not only a source of discomfort, language barrier could cost lives

  • Meet Japan's ultimate green cars

    Happy-go-green drivers cloak their cars in plants

  • Have 40 grand to burn? Bandai has the Godzilla figure for you

    Toymaker targets 'otaku' with limited run of 10 human-size monsters

  • Japanese films flourish in China amid K-pop crackdown

    'Your Name' may be benefiting from a seemingly unrelated dispute

  • Onigiri shops bring stylish look, new flavors to Japanese fast food

    Specialty outlets enjoy growing popularity, inspiring plans to expand overseas

  • A touch of style for 100 yen

    Instagram helps make Japan's '100-yen style' all the rage

  • Malaysian group aims to open Four Seasons in Okinawa

    Southern Japanese island will host world-class hotel

  • 'Your Name' teleports to No. 3 at box office for Japanese films

    Body-switching yarn trails only 'Spirited Away,' 'Howl's Moving Castle'

  • Modern tourists making themselves at home in old machiya

  • Japan's Tokyu to launch new tourist train to Izu next summer

  • Japan animation blockbuster sparks bittersweet tourism boom