# Japan

This month
March 2023
# Korea-Japan relations
North Korea fires long range missile just hours before South Korea-Japan summit
The launch, North Korea’s third this week, was a potent reminder of the regional security challenges.
# Abort Mission
Japanese space rocket destructs after second failed blast-off attempt
There was no immediate explanation given for why the launch failed.
Last month
February 2023
# movement
Retallick joins exodus of All Blacks signing for Japan clubs
The veteran 31-year-old has opted for a second stint with Kobe-based Kobelco Steelers.
# On the Move
All Blacks star Beauden Barrett to return to Japan alongside Aaron Smith
The duo have signed to play for Japanese side Toyota Verblitz after the World Cup.
This year
# Shinzo Abe
Suspect charged with murder in assassination of Japan’s former leader Shinzo Abe
Tetsuya Yamagami was arrested immediately after allegedly shooting the former prime minister with a homemade gun.
Last year
# Architect
Pritzker-winning Japanese architect Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, internationally the highest honour in the field, in 2019.
# Winter
17 dead after days of heavy snow in Japan
Some areas have seen almost a metre of snowfall in 24 hours.
# Falcon 9
Japanese startup, carrying DCU lab samples, launches historic moon mission
The DCU samples will be used to study how moon dust adheres to different surfaces.
Modric watches on helplessly but dream of ultimate glory lives on
Croatia triumph over Japan but star’s struggles are indication of a side who have reached their peak in the World Cup.
# Onwards
Croatia progress to World Cup quarter-finals after penalty shootout win over Japan
Goalkeeper Dominik Livaković was the hero, saving three spot kicks.
# twists and turns
Japan shock Spain and eliminate Germany on roller-coaster World Cup night
Recounting an astonishing night as Japan came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 and knock out Germany in the process.
# Upset
Costa Rica stun Japan to hand Germany World Cup lifeline
The result left Spain, Japan and Costa Rica all on three points in the group.
# cup of shocks
Japan come from behind in stunning win against Germany
Japan blew the Group of Death wide open with a 2-1 win at the Khalifa Stadium.
# tensions
North Korean missile may have had range to hit US mainland, Japan says
The intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone this morning.
# Group by Group Guide
Group E Preview: Spain and Germany collide in heavyweight group
The latest in our series focuses on Group E, featuring Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica.
# onto the next
Jones sets sights on All Blacks - 'They're there for the taking, we’re going to go after them'
England defeated Japan 52-13 at Twickenham today.
# new guy
Porter and Smith at the double as England overwhelm Japan
England ran in six tries in total, all converted by captain Owen Farrell, as well as being awarded a penalty try.
# Japan
Tokyo begins same-sex partnership recognition
City becomes the largest municipality to do so in a country in which same-sex marriage is not allowed.
# Time And Tide
'Those cracks are showing' - All Blacks no longer carry fear factor
Japan fell just short of a win over New Zealand today after a spirited display.
# North Korea
North Korean nuclear test would meet 'unprecedented' response: US, Japan, South Korea
Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that Pyongyang could be close to testing an atomic bomb for the first time since 2017.
# Shunsuke Nakamura
16 years after winner over Man United, former Celtic star retires at 44
Shunsuke Nakamura was a Scottish champion three times.
# shortterm
All Blacks star Ardie Savea set for Japan move after next year's World Cup
The 29-year-old plans to join Kobe Steelers on a short-term contract in early 2024.
# North Korea
North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul's military says
It is the latest in a blitz of launches amid tensions over US-led military exercises in the region.
# North Korea
North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan
South Korean and US fighter jets have conducted precision bombing drills in response.
# Shinzo Abe
Japan honours Shinzo Abe at controversial funeral
The former Prime Minister was shot dead in July, but the decision to give him a state funeral provoked opposition.
# Japan
Man sets himself on fire in Tokyo in apparent protest against Shinzo Abe state funeral
The planned state funeral has become increasingly unpopular as more details emerge about the former leader’s links to the Unification Church.
# Extreme Weather
Deadly typhoon strikes Japan as hurricane leaves Puerto Rico without power
A man was found dead in his car in Japan early today.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you know self-defence?
The Gardaí certainly will after classes from Japanese experts.
# arigato
Historic tour a huge positive for Ireland but the hard work is still ahead
Greg McWilliams gave debuts to nine players during the two Tests in Japan.
# Second five Eighth
'I’m excited to see where she can go to as a second playmaker now'
Skibbereen woman Enya Breen was highly influential for Ireland last time out.
# Allegiance
'She's eligible for Ireland' - Former England back row Brown set for debut in green
The Worcester back row was previously capped seven times by the Red Roses.
# summer tour
McWilliams makes three changes for Ireland's second Test in Tokyo
The Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium hosts Saturday’s match.
# Shinzo Abe
Japan's national police chief resigns over Abe assassination
The former prime minister was shot and killed on the campaign trail on 8 July.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland's promising young guns show instinctive skills in Japan
Dannah O’Brien, Méabh Deely, Aoife Dalton, and Natasja Behan all started the big win over Japan.
# clean slate
'I really would love for the obvious evolution to be visible for people'
Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams on the evolution of his squad and prioritising squad depth.
# summer tour
Four uncapped players named in Ireland side for opening Japan Test
The Ireland women’s rugby team are in Japan for their first-ever summer tour.
# Enya Breen
Gruelling conditions in Japan, exciting times for Ireland and club future TBC
‘It’s a massive few weeks for Irish women’s rugby, first-ever summer tour and to be part of that is pretty special.’
# On the box
TG4 to broadcast Ireland's Test matches against Japan on historic summer tour
Greg McWilliams’ side will be in action on 20 and 27 August.
# Squad News
Ex-England player and rising star out, US-based youngster in for Ireland's tour to Japan
Greg McWilliams: ‘I truly believe in this squad and the direction that they’re going in.’
Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84
He established the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970 before making his mark on Paris.