The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say.
Health officials gather to investigate a chicken farm in Aomori city, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, Nov. 29, after a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry was detected.
Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years. And the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was the first time fallen snow on the ground was observed in November since such records started to be taken in 1875.
Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets.
At first, it was 2011 all over again.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the strong earthquake that struck Tuesday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami in the same region in 2011.
Japanese peacekeepers, with a broader mandate to use force, landed in South Sudan Monday, the first overseas deployment of the country's troops with those expanded powers in nearly 70 years.
Japan's prime minister voiced confidence Thursday about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices.
Japan's premier Shinzo Abe headed to New York Thursday for talks with Donald Trump, the first leader to meet with the president-elect whose campaign pledges provoked anxiety over U.S. foreign policy.
A worker prepares for final touches on rubber masks depicting President-elect Donald Trump at the Ogawa Studio in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 15. Ogawa Studio, the only manufacturer of rubber masks in Japan, is working non-stop to catch up with a flood of orders for Trump masks since his election victory one week ago.