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Tokyo to Host 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo to Host 2020 Olympic Games

Feng Li/Getty Images(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina.) —  Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympics, defeating Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee.
Tokyo hasn’t hosted the Olympics sinc…

Japanese Judge Rules Samsung Didn’t Infringe Apple’s Patent

Japanese Judge Rules Samsung Didn’t Infringe Apple’s Patent

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) — A week after Samsung was ordered to pay over $1 billion to Apple for copyright infringement in the U.S., a decision on Friday in a similar, but much smaller, case in Japan didn’t end in Apple’s favor.A…

Tennessee Teen Arrested for Murder of Irish Student in Tokyo

Tennessee Teen Arrested for Murder of Irish Student in Tokyo

Kevin Horan/Stone(TOKYO) — Japanese police have formally arrested a Memphis, Tenn., teenager in connection with the murder of an Irish exchange student in Tokyo last month.  Richard Hinds, 19, is suspected of killing Nicola Furlong, 21, in her ho…

Which City Is the World’s Most Expensive?

Which City Is the World’s Most Expensive?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — In what is perhaps a sign of the times, Tokyo has regained the crown as the world’s most expensive city to live in. The record high yen pushed costs up for foreign companies with staff in Japan, while Paris, Rome,…

Japan Intensifies Search for Man Allegedly Involved in ’95 Subway Attack

Japan Intensifies Search for Man Allegedly Involved in ’95 Subway Attack

YOSHIKATSU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese police have launched a nationwide manhunt for the member of a doomsday cult that masterminded deadly attacks on Tokyo subways 17 years ago.Police say Katsuya Takahashi drove a car for fellow cult mem…

Americans Arrested in Tokyo Death Investigation

Americans Arrested in Tokyo Death Investigation

(Facebook)(NEW YORK) — Tokyo police investigating the death of an Irish exchange student have arrested two American men, the Japan Times reported. Nicola Furlong, 21, was found unconscious in an upscale Tokyo hotel room early Thursday morning after at…

Rogue Penguin Resurfaces in Tokyo Bay

Rogue Penguin Resurfaces in Tokyo Bay

File photo. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(TOKYO) — A Humboldt penguin that made a daring escape from a Tokyo aquarium has resurfaced two months later.The year-old feathered creature was spotted in a Japanese Coast Guard video, swimming in Tokyo Bay and loo…

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

plusphoto/a.collectionRF (TOKYO) — If a rhino ever escapes its enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, staffers will be ready. Such was the purpose of an emergency drill Wednesday in which two employees dressed up in a rhino prop and pretended to run ramp…

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

plusphoto/a.collectionRF (TOKYO) — If a rhino ever escapes its enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, staffers will be ready. Such was the purpose of an emergency drill Wednesday in which two employees dressed up in a rhino prop and pretended to run ramp…

Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $736K at Toyko Fish Market

Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $736K at Toyko Fish Market

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — If the price of premium tuna is any indication of the country’s economic state, then Japan’s finances are in good order for 2012.At Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market a bluefin tuna caught off the n…

Japanese Fugitive Turned Away by Police

Japanese Fugitive Turned Away by Police

This undated file picture shows a former member of Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult Makoto Hirata, 46, who was arrested in Tokyo on Jan. 1, 2012 after almost 17 years on the run. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Until New Year’s Eve, …

Powerful Earthquake Rocks Tokyo on New Year’s Day

Powerful Earthquake Rocks Tokyo on New Year’s Day

NASA via Getty Images(TOKYO) — A powerful earthquake rocked Japan’s rattled nerves on New Year’s Day. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck around 2:30 p.m. local time. It was centered southwest of Tokyo, but jolted much of the capital city. Officials d…

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