Author: Japan Today Editor

Japan Today is an English digital news media outlet owned by GPlus Media Inc. It was founded in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan, where it also operates from. Japan Today covers local news from Japan, regional Asia news and international news stories making headlines.

In a tragic incident in April, two Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters collided during a nighttime anti-submarine drill over the Pacific near Torishima Island. The collision resulted in the loss of all eight personnel on board. Now, after a deep-sea search, the fuselage of one of the helicopters has been located at a depth of about 5,500 meters. The discovery was made possible by an unmanned deep-sea probe operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, which is capable of reaching depths of up to 6,000 meters. This finding sheds new light on the events leading up to the…

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The top U.N. court declared Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories “unlawful” and called for an immediate end to settlement construction. The International Court of Justice condemned Israel’s rule over lands captured 57 years ago, citing violations of international law through policies like building settlements and discriminatory actions against Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the nonbinding opinion, asserting the territories as part of the Jewish people’s historic homeland. The court’s decision could impact international opinion and encourage moves for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. It emphasized that Israel had no sovereignty in the territories, violated laws…

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Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, stated he had a phone call with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy and promised to end the war with Russia. Trump expressed his intentions to bring peace and negotiate a deal for both sides to end the violence and move towards prosperity. However, if Trump wins the election in November, the continued support from the United States for Ukraine would be uncertain. Zelenskyy confirmed the call and mentioned discussing steps for lasting peace at a personal meeting with Trump. Despite Trump’s promises to end the war quickly, his relationship with Russia and his criticisms…

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A recent series of scandals involving the Japan Self-Defense Forces and Defense Ministry led to the resignation of Japan’s top admiral, impacting the government’s plans to increase defense spending. Public trust in the SDF has been shaken, potentially slowing down tax hikes to fund defense costs and affecting security collaborations with other nations. The scandals included mishandling of classified information, abuse of power, fraudulent receipt of allowances, and improper benefits claims. As Japan aims to double defense outlays to 2% of GDP by 2027, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government faces challenges in gaining public support for tax increases. The recent…

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The recent Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting saw Japan taking on a more prominent role in the development of the region, with a focus on countering China’s influence through enhanced cooperation and support in various sectors. The joint declaration emphasized Japan’s commitment to climate change initiatives, maritime security, economic development, and maintaining a rules-based order. The leaders recognized climate change as a significant threat and pledged to work together to mitigate its impact. They also expressed opposition to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo through force or coercion, without directly naming China. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stressed the…

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Adidas is making changes to its campaign for the SL72 running shoe, inspired by a design from the 1972 Munich Olympics, following criticism from Israel regarding supermodel Bella Hadid’s involvement. The sportswear company described the shoes as a “timeless classic,” but Israel objected to Hadid being the face of the campaign due to her past remarks supporting Palestinians. Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, has been vocal about her support for Palestine, especially during the recent conflict with Israel. Adidas stated that the campaign involves various partners and apologized for unintentional connections to tragic historical events, promising to revise the campaign…

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A global tech outage wreaked havoc across industries from travel to finance, underscoring the risks of our increasingly digital world. The disruption, caused by a software update from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, led to grounded flights, disrupted services, and left customers without access to essential services like healthcare and banking. Microsoft, whose customers were affected by the glitch, swiftly addressed the issue as CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz acknowledged the error on social media. While the affected systems gradually recovered, the incident shed light on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected systems, prompting experts to reflect on the fragility of our core Internet…

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A recent inquiry revealed that the UK government was unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to serious errors in planning that ultimately failed its citizens. Retired judge Heather Hallett, heading the investigation, highlighted that the government underestimated the severity of the pandemic and focused on preparing for a flu outbreak instead. The report confirmed over 235,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the UK by the end of 2023, making it one of the highest death tolls globally. Prime Minister Keir Starmer acknowledged the failures in preparedness and emphasized the need to learn from this crisis to better protect the country in…

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Japanese inflation slightly rose in June, with prices increasing 2.6 percent compared to 2.5 percent in May, as per internal affairs ministry data. The core Consumer Price Index (CPI) excluding food prices fell short of market expectations at 2.7 percent. The Bank of Japan is gradually moving away from ultra-loose monetary policies that supported the economy. Analysts speculate on the timing of the next rate hike after the March increase, with the next policy decision due on July 31. UBS economists believe the bank will raise rates once economic and inflation outlooks are clearer, emphasizing the importance of summer consumption.…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprises troops with a visit to southern Gaza, emphasizing the importance of maintaining control over the border strip with Egypt amidst ongoing talks with Hamas. Netanyahu’s visit comes after a resolution rejecting a Palestinian state was passed in Israel’s parliament, signaling a tough stance ahead of his speech to the U.S. Congress. Israeli forces have invaded Rafah, causing significant destruction and displacement. Netanyahu tours the area, reaffirming the necessity of controlling key border points. Tensions rise as airstrikes in central Gaza lead to casualties, further complicating the delicate negotiations for a ceasefire. Netanyahu’s visit and…

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