Some big seabirds have eaten and pooped their way onto a Japanese holy island’s most-wanted list

[ad_1] Tokyo — The “shrine island” of Miyajima is one of Japan’s most iconic destinations. A quick ferry ride from downtown  Hiroshima, the postcard-perfect locale is much-loved for its giant “floating” vermilion Shinto gate and sanctuary halls built over the water of Hiroshima Bay. With a resident population under 1,500, the tiny island and World … Read more

Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a Japanese high court rules

[ad_1] Tokyo — A Japanese high court ruled Thursday that denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and called for urgent government action to address the lack of any law allowing such unions. The court doesn’t have the power to overturn the current marriage law, which has been interpreted to restrict marriage as between a man and … Read more

Can women and foreigners help drive a ramen renaissance to keep Japan’s noodle shops on the boil?

[ad_1] Tokyo — Japan’s ubiquitous ramen shops have long served that most-proletarian of dishes at no-frills counters, where customers unceremoniously slurp and gulp their way through boiling-hot bowls of noodles.  But while the ramen joints were long an almost exclusively male domain, the cement-floored greasy spoons of yore are giving way to hip décor, handcrafted crockery, … Read more

Akira Toriyama, creator of

[ad_1] Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling Dragon Ball and other popular anime who influenced Japanese comics, has died, his studio said Friday. He was 68. Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga series, which started in 1984, has sold millions of copies globally and was adapted into hugely popular animated TV shows, video games and films. … Read more

Japan’s flagship H3 rocket successfully reaches orbit after failed debut launch

[ad_1] Japan’s flagship H3 rocket successfully reaches orbit after failed debut launch – CBS News Watch CBS News Japan launched its new flagship H3 rocket after a failed debut last year. The rocket successfully reached orbit at an altitude of about 420-miles and released two satellites. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for … Read more

Japan’s flagship H3 rocket successfully reaches orbit after failed debut launch

[ad_1] Japan’s flagship H3 rocket reached orbit and released two small observation satellites in a key second test following a failed debut launch last year, buoying hope for the country in the global space race. The H3 rocket blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on time Saturday morning, two days after its originally scheduled … Read more