The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Mercari, a marketplace where users can easily buy and sell clothing, general merchandise and other goods via a smartphone app, is growing rapidly. For this edition of “The Leaders” column, which highlights corporate management and senior executives, The Yomiuri Shimbun sat down with Shintaro Yamada, cofounder of Mercari, Inc. 

SHIZUOKA, Jaopan (The Japan News/ANN) - Oigawa Railway Co. in Shizuoka Prefecture launched a special service featuring a steam train in the guise of Thomas the Tank Engine for the Christmas season on Saturday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japan Coast Guard has released video footage and photographs of its patrol ships firing water cannons to chase away North Korean fishing boats illegally operating in the Yamato Bank area off the Noto Peninsula in the Sea of Japan.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Friday revealed the agricultural products from Japan and the European Union that will be protected under geographical indication (GI) systems based on the economic partnership agreement they have concluded.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Business sentiment among large manufacturers rose for five consecutive quarters, according to the Bank of Japan’s Tankan quarterly survey for December released on Friday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — Japan's Defence Ministry is continuing to bolster its defensive measures on outlying islands, such as the Nansei Islands. Particular efforts are being made to improve the integrated operation capabilities of the three Self-Defence Forces — the Ground Self-Defence Force, the Maritime Self-Defence Force and the Air Self-Defence Force — to coordinate and respond expeditiously. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - “It’s odd no matter how you look at it. Strictly speaking, does it even make sense to use the term ‘voice-over’ for an anime?” 

LONDON (The Japan News/ANN) — The Japanese and British governments confirmed they will strengthen security cooperation at a so-called two-plus-two meeting of their foreign and defence ministers in London on Thursday.

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres agreed on Thursday that Japan and the United Nations will closely coordinate in dealing with North Korea, which has been continuing its nuclear and missile development programs.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A film depicting a Nepalese man who fearlessly guided a Japanese rescue team amid the rubble of the 2015 massive earthquake in Nepal was to be released Friday in the Himalayan country.