A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.
Japan is facing a potato chip shortage after violent typhoons hit the northern island of Hokkaido last year, leading to panic buying from consumers and inflated prices on auction websites.
Skygazers around the globe observed an extra-bright “supermoon” on Monday, the largest moon in 68 years. The phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth.
A Japanese cell biologist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle their own contents, a process known as autophagy.
Two Japanese researchers were jointly awarded the Ig Nobel Perception prize on Thursday for a paper on how objects look different when one bends over and views them upside down between one’s legs.
A powerful typhoon, the 10th of the season, is predicted to approach or make landfall in eastern Japan early next week, bringing heavy rains to a large part of the country.
Japan’s weather agency sent a false alert that a massive earthquake was about to hit Tokyo on Monday, causing a brief panic and disrupting some train services.
The prime minister said on Sunday that the government decided to accept transportation support from US forces following two deadly earthquakes in southwestern Japan, which killed at least 41 people.
One of the world’s top players of the game Go from South Korea scored his first win over Google’s computer program on Sunday after three straight losses in the ancient Chinese board game.
A team of scientists in the United States announced on Thursday that they detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time that Einstein predicted 100 years ago.