Hokkaidō

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Fishing boats conduct a search operation for missing people aboard the Kazu 1 sightseeing boat, that went missing  in the Sea of Okhotsk near Shari, Okhotsk Subprefecture of Hokkaido. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

Rescuers searching for those missing since a tour boat carrying 26 people sank off northeastern Japan have found the body of an 11th victim – a child (...)

Kazu 1 tour boat  has been missing for more than seven hours. Photograph: Shiretoko Tour Boat/EPA

A tour boat with 26 people on board has been missing for more than seven hours after issuing a distress call and taking on water, Japan’s coastguard s(...)

People gather to see the cherry blossoms at Kinshi Park in Tokyo. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Once a year, trees across Japan fleetingly erupt with plump pink and white cherry blossoms, heralding the arrival of spring. Over the next few days, p(...)

St Patrick’s Day in  Fukui Prefecture Japan

Ciarán Lawler arrived in Tokyo in 2018 on a working-holiday visa. Since then he has worked as a policy manager for a traditional Japanese company, lec(...)

Participants in the Games will have to produce fireworks inside empty stadiums to make up for the anticlimax outside. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, a house in the Olympic Village became a pitstop for randy athletes. John Lakatos, a member of the US tr(...)

Tokyo 2020 chief executive  Toshiro Muto and president Seiko Hashimoto  chat before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ executive board meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s 2020 Olympics committee may seek further vaccine donations to make the rescheduled Games as safe as possible, Tokyo 2020’s chief executive sai(...)

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga: Not in any immediate danger of losing his job, according to analysts. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshihide Suga has suffered a setback in his first electoral test as Japan’s prime minister after opposition parties won a string of victories in byel(...)

Spring time in Japan with cherry blossoms in full bloom.

You have to feel for the Japanese Olympics Committee. However successfully or otherwise they battle coronavirus this summer, there’s still the variabl(...)

Firefighters disinfect a shopping centre to help prevent the spread of the  coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on Friday. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

“We are now on the verge of reaching 100,000 confirmed cases” of coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on(...)

HSE staff who are activating the public awareness campaign for Covid-19 (coronavirus) in the baggage hall of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The cabin crew on an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin from northern Italy on which a woman travelled before testing positive for the coronaviurs have been (...)

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