Japan Trends

  • Japan takes step toward ending room-rental ban

    Bill seen boosting nascent sharing economy

  • At 50, Japan's oldest soccer pro continues to inspire

    'King Kazu' Miura may have lost a step, but he can still mix it up with the best

  • Japan's chairless steak chain aims to stand out in US

    Ikinari Steak customers asked to yield their seats for savings

  • Japanese pop star perfection, served up digitally

    Producers and fans are finding that virtual idols can be better than the real thing

  • 'Astro Boy' to return (in physical and magazine form)

    Subscribers to Atom weekly will also get parts to assemble into a robot

  • Japan makes a toast to 'Premium Friday' spending drive

    Some events draw more homemakers than men in suits

  • JR West shows off luxury hotel on rails

    Sleeper train Mizukaze to take passengers through scenery of western Japan

  • Private companies take initiative in Japan home-sharing practices

    Airbnb helps homeowners heed rules; Keio showcases condo lodgings

  • Kyoto University to train tourism management specialists

    School to partner with Cornell as Japan aims to boost number of visitors

  • Airbnb to help hosts heed Japan's new rules on rentals

    Platform may keep homeowners from exceeding annual cap

  • Japan visitors up 24% in January on early Lunar New Year

    Retailers see uptick in tourist shopping

  • Pedigree Akitas at risk from mongrel impostors

    Fake registrations increase as popularity surges globally

  • New breed of Japanese pop idols in vogue -- the oddballs

    Eccentric concepts paired with mixed media stand out in a crowded field

  • Reading, drinking, sleeping -- all in one bookshop

    Bookworms, experience-seekers find warm welcome in Tokyo

  • Babymetal serves it up sweet and loud

    The all-girl pop metal group from Japan is finding fans around the world

  • 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