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Japan could use Aegis Ashore system to shoot down Guam-bound missiles, official says

A pacifist constitution bans Japan from stepping in to defend other nations unless it was also being attacked — but security legislation passed in 2015 allows the country to exercise its right to collective defense and to defend close allies.

Experience Harajuku’s famous ‘culture of cute’ at Tokyo’s Kawaii Monster Cafe

Japan is famous for its culture of cuteness — better known as kawaii — embodied by popular characters like Hello Kitty or unique fashion subcultures such as Lolita and Decora. In Tokyo, the undisputed epicenter of kawaii culture can be found on the streets of Harajuku, a neighborhood long known for its status as the place where Japan’s offbeat fashion trends come to life.


Strengthening US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ defense report says

Strengthening Japan’s alliance with the United States is “more important than ever” as North Korea continues to pose a “serious and imminent threat,” says a Japanese defense report approved by the nation’s cabinet Tuesday.


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Tokyo ice cream shop ‘towers’ above the rest thanks to its eight-layer cone

Daily Chico's eight-layer cone, which has long been popular on social media and television, comes with all eight flavors of ice cream sold at the shop.


Japan to deploy helicopter carrier for two-month Indo-Pacific mission

Japanese helicopter carrier JS Kaga is scheduled to deploy for a two-month mission in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.


Mother, daughter donate never-before-seen photos of Hiroshima after atomic bombing

A mother and daughter from Hawaii have given the Hiroshima Peace Museum some never-before-seen photographs taken soon after the city was destroyed by the world’s first atomic-bomb attack.


Workers uncover cache of WWII firearms, swords at Tokyo elementary school

About 1,400 firearms, 1,200 swords, eight training grenades and more than 300 bullets and cannonballs were uncovered over the course of several weeks by constructions workers. The city believes they belonged to the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.


5-story Tokyo spa resort offers various modes of relaxation, stays open overnight

In Japan, one doesn’t need to travel far to enjoy the many natural hot springs — or onsens in Japanese — the country has to offer. Visitors to Tokyo can treat themselves with a rejuvenating trip to an onsen in the heart of the city.


Award-winning baguettes, French ambiance enhance Shibuya’s Viron

Viron serves a wide variety of standard French brasserie dishes, such as terrine and choucroute garnie, a type of sausage and sauerkraut plate — but also offers a selection of delicious bread, sandwiches and pastries made in the bakery downstairs.


Air Force fighters escape Typhoon Maria's path, draw a crowd in Tokyo

Military aircraft enthusiasts in Tokyo got a surprise treat over the weekend with the arrival of some of America’s most powerful and stealthiest jet fighters at the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan.


Japan pushing forward on missile defense despite North Korea thaw

Cooling tensions with North Korea have some Japanese local officials questioning plans to deploy U.S.-developed missile defense systems in two prefectures, following meetings with Japan’s defense minister.