Stories about Japan from October, 2014
Japan’s Cabinet Members Are ‘Falling Like Dominoes’ to Corruption Scandals
The month of October has seen a tidal wave of allegations against members of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. Has Abe lost control of the narrative?
Hirotan Forest, an Increasingly Rare ‘Satoyama’ School Connecting Rural Japanese Kids to Nature
As farming communities shrink because of Japan's ageing population, parents in one rural community has resurrected a "satoyama" school to put their children in touch with the land.
Fashion Week Turns World's Gaze on Tokyo
The six-day Mercedes Fashion Week kicked off in Tokyo on October 13 and culminated on October 19. Fashion Week is all about launching hot new 2015 fashions from the planet's biggest brands, with daily runway events and fashion exhibitions. For nearly 20 years Mercedes Benz has sponsored “fashion weeks” all over...
Powerful Typhoon Vongfong Kills 2, Injures More Than 70 in Japan
About two million people were evacuated, and damage, while limited, was still significant in isolated and rural prefectures such as Okinawa.
Child's Murder Unveils Lack of Sympathy for Japan's Single Mothers
A babysitter is accused of killing a woman's young child while she picked up extra shifts at her job. A local politician implied that the mother is to blame.
Hour-Long Total Lunar Eclipse Lights Up Japan's Sky
People in Japan greeted the astronomical phenomenon on October 8 with special yoga sessions and light shows.
English Speakers Can Finally Enjoy Classic Japanese Cartoon ‘Doraemon’
Japan’s most beloved pop culture icon has been Disney-fied, prompting an online conversation among devoted Japanese anime fans.
Waves of Synchronized Tweets From Japan Have Forced Twitter to Redo Its System
Japan's habit of publishing tweets at the same time on certain occasions have caused Twitter to crash in the past.