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Here are some recent Japan-related news items from the BBC News website.

Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to moon

Yusaku Maezawa says he will pay for the entire trip, so those who come onboard will fly for free.

6 hours ago

The couples accused of destroying Japan’s families

An archaic Japanese law requires married couples to adopt the same surname, but many are asking why.

8 hours ago

Tokyo 2020: Organisers boost number of women on board

The games’ organising committee aims to have women make up 40% of its board members.

15 hours ago

Carlos Ghosn: US father and son extradited to Japan

The two allegedly helped the ex-Nissan boss escape Japan while he was on bail for financial crimes.


Covid: Japan asks China to stop anal tests on its citizens

Some Japanese citizens have said the tests for Covid-19 caused them “psychological distress”.


Japan gender equality minister opposes change on separate spouse surnames

Japan’s Tamayo Marukawa signs a document opposing a move for separate surnames for married couples.

5 days ago

Pokémon at 25: Rare cards trade for big money

Rare cards based on the popular Japanese video game and cartoons are regularly fetching six figures.

5 days ago

Tokyo 2020: Great Britain Sevens sides put on equal pay scheme

Great Britain’s men’s and women’s Olympic Sevens squads will be on the same pay structure, with two initial training squads named on Friday.

5 days ago

Nissan: Hundreds furloughed over parts shortage

Late-shift work on one assembly line in Sunderland will be suspended for one week, the firm says.

7 days ago

PSVR2: Sony announces ‘improved’ PlayStation VR for PS5

The games giant says PSVR2 will feature a less-cluttered set-up and numerous visual improvements.

8 days ago

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Header image: Corridor in building at Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) in Miyajima, Japan. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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