Japan

Jordan 'Ready' To Give Islamic State What It Wants To Save Hostages

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK

The Jordanian government has said it is ready to agree to Islamic State's demand that it frees a failed suicide bomber in exchange for two hostages th...

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

Ellis Shuman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.

IS Hostage's Father 'Hoping Deep In My Heart' His Son Still Alive

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK

The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State (IS) militants is hoping his son could still be alive. Japanese Prime Minist...

Tearful Mother Pleads For Son's Release As IS Hostage Deadline Passes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

The mother of one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State (IS) has tearfully pleaded for his safe return after militants posted an online warni...

Trafalgar Square Highlights Taiji

Sharon Bull | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Saturday January 17th 2015, I joined over a thousand people in London's winter sunshine, helping to raise awareness about the truth behind dolphin and whale captivity.

Japanese Woman 'Kidnapped By Indian Gang And Raped For Weeks'

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK

Police arrested three Indians after the brutal gang raping of a 22-year-old Japanese research scholar near a Buddhist pilgrimage centre in eastern Ind...

Sea Shepherd Activist Melissa Sehgal Denied Entry Into Japan to Document Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

Melissa Sehgal | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Melissa Sehgal

Sehgal's entry denial follows a pattern of denials the Cove Guardians have experienced recently. Scott West, Sea Shepherd Director of Intelligence and Investigations, was also denied entry late last season, and several high profile veteran Cove Guardians have been denied entry this season. Other veterans have made it through and the campaign has continued undaunted.

How Do Japanese Celebrate Holidays?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Yumiko Sato

How do Japanese celebrate holidays? New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan.Since 1873 Japanese have been celebrating New Year according to the Gregorian calendar on January 1 of each year, although some parts of Japan, such as Okinawa, still celebrate it according to the Chinese calendar.

Saving Japan's Dolphins - Is Boycotting Travel the Answer?

Justin Francis | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Justin Francis

Calls to boycott the country until it stops the hunting and the infamous Taiji dolphin drives are frequent, but is this the best course of action for travellers anxious about animal welfare? Should we boycott Japan, or should we instead focus our attention on supporting an, albeit slowly, turning tide of change?

Seven Destination Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

For those perennial travelers, always looking for the best tips and suggestions for their next holiday trip, the following selection of travel blogs are of invaluable assistance. Each is filled with great experiences, photos and background on the destination they cover.

Taiji's Link to Captivity

Sharon Bull | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Sharon Bull

Following on from my article 'Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed' published on November 28th 2014, I would like to introduce you to Rachel Barton. In October this year she made what I would call an extremely difficult decision to travel to Taiji and witness first-hand the merciless and continuous dolphin drives that take place there.

My First Time to the Far East: A Foreigner's Impressions of Tokyo

Arabella Noortman | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

My first glimpse of Tokyo was from the plane. As we began our descent, I peered out and saw Japan's capital city; a sprawling urban mass lying between the snowy capped peak of Mount Fuji, and the glimmering Pacific Ocean.

Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed?

Sharon Bull | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

In a country renowned for its innovative technology and leading the way in this field through its expertise and sophistication, I call to question its need for outdated entertainment within the numerous dolphinariums and marine parks in Japan.

A Moment of Zen Could Be the Answer

David Green | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Green

I've just had my first Zen moment in Japan. For a while now, I've been wrestling with what to do next with my life. Something we all face up to at some stage.

Taiji Japan - We Will Make a Difference!

Sharon Bull | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Heralded as one of the biggest animal rights demonstrations in the UK, I joined more than a thousand voices in a peaceful protest, raising awareness to the annual barbaric slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji Japan...

Could This Be The Most Awkward Gathering Of World Leaders!

Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

China's President Xi Jinping drew the short straw this year to host President Barack Obama and other world leaders at the latest APEC summit The g...

Eight Amazing Places in Asia You Have to Visit

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Asia offers an astounding variety of travel destinations. There are so many, in fact, that it can be difficult to decide where to go first and which to miss because of time constraints. The reality is that it's impossible to cover them all in one trip unless you're lucky enough to have plenty of time and money to spare.

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Will India and Japan Forge a New Asia?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

If this is the dawn of Bose's New Asia, the willingness of leaders to learn from the past may play a key role in shaping the course of the future.

Jessica Elgot

Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban, has jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Ka...

Is That Woman Walking A... Polar Bear?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Tech

Is this what it looks like - a woman walking a polar bear by the leash in Shibuya, Tokyo? Well... Judging by the suspiciously human-bending-over sh...

Forty Eight Hours of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Sharon Bull

For two days I have been witness to the worst horror man could bestow on any living sentient being...

Nearly 40 People Presumed Dead As Mount Ontake Continues To Erupt

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Attempts to find the remaining bodies of those believed trapped or dead on Mount Ontake have been hindered as the volcano's eruption intensifies. M...

Whither Japanese Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

For the moment, Japan seems intent on launching its plan for a new 'scientific' whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. Whilst it has some allies, the issue drives a wedge between Japan and many other nations. Japan may be able to deflect charges against whaling, including that it is cruel, by casting such criticism as a form of anti-Japanese cultural imperialism. Our only hope is that, given the ICJ ruling is above any rhetoric or politics, perhaps those in power in Japan will be better able to see that commercial whaling is ecologically unsound, uneconomic and, in terms of international relations, disastrous.

This Is What It's Like To Be Caught In A Volcanic Eruption

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK

Japan's Mount Ontake erupted on Saturday leaving up to 31 hikers who were caught completely unawares dead. This incredible footage captured on the ...