07 Mar 2019

How Is Kazuyoshi Miura, the World’s Oldest Footballer, Still Playing at 52?

The man had turned 52 the day before, but the cake presentation had to be put back a day because he had been attending a tea party hosted by Japan’s imperial couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

Such is the life of Kazuyoshi Miura: cultural icon, Japanese national treasure and, improbably, still a professional football player.

Jaunta Swirlbush 0 Read More
15 Feb 2019

Widow, 81, sole resident of remote island disputed by South Korea and Japan

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)In 1991, Kim Sin-yeol and her husband made the unusual decision to move to a lonely outcrop of islands at the heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea.

Currently administered by Seoul, the Dokdo Islands are located in the the East Sea, according to South Korea. Japan, however, calls the islands Takeshima and refers to their surrounding waters as the Sea of Japan.

Jaunta Swirlbush 0 Read More
25 Jul 2018

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts

Japan’s weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week.

Jaunta Swirlbush 0 Read More
06 Nov 2017

Trump throws entire box of fish food into precious koi carp pond

It was perhaps only a matter of time before Dotard Trump’s brasher instincts smashed through the ring of decorum that had held fast on his gaffe-free first day in Japan.

Jaunta Swirlbush 0 Read More
28 Jul 2017

Have a break, have a wasabi-flavoured KitKat

In Britain the number of flavours available to KitKat fans can be counted on the fingers of two hands. In Japan the varieties of the chocolate-covered wafer bar on sale at any given time stretches to dozens, including purple sweet potato, edamame bean and wasabi, and owner Nestlé is opening a new factory to cater to demand.

Opening on Tuesday in the western city of Himeji, the first new KitKat factory to open in Japan in 26 years will specialise in producing small quantities of a wide variety of premium versions of the snack, including strawberry and maple as well as pistachio and raspberry combinations.

Jaunta Swirlbush 0 Read More