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All the latest news on Japan

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    Prominent Japanese music producer Tetsuya Komuro, who took the music world by storm in the 1990s, announced Friday his retirement, after allegations of an extramarital affair by a weekly magazine. (Jiji)

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    The number of people who committed suicide in the country in 2017 fell 757, or 3.5 percent, from the previous year to 21,140, down for the eighth consecutive year, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry report showed Friday. (the-japan-news.com)

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    Luggage fell out of a tour bus while it was driving along the Nagoya Expressway in Aichi Prefecture on Thursday. (Japan Today)

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    All court action for former members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult is to end, after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a man who took part in the 1995 deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. (NHK)

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    The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has found what looks like fuel debris in the plant's No. 2 reactor. (NHK)

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    Some Japanese wineries are moving to change their product indications containing geographical names ahead of the planned tightening of place-of-origin rules aimed at preventing consumers' misunderstanding amid the rising reputation of domestic wines. (Jiji)

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    Many bond market participants were caught off guard on Jan. 9 when the Bank of Japan unexpectedly reduced its purchases of government bonds, instantly pushing yields higher. In the nine days that followed, long-term rates -- yields on 10 year Japanese Government Bonds -- hit 0.090%, the highest since July 2017. (Nikkei)

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    Thousands of blooming tulips are giving people an early taste of spring at a park in eastern Japan. (NHK)

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    The Tokyo High Court has ruled that Yahoo Japan Co. defamed a man and has ordered that it delete 11 search results that associate his name with criminal behavior, sources have confirmed. (Japan Times)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for over an illicit encounter with a high school girl last year that he allegedly filmed, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

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    The New York office of the Japan National Tourism Organization has produced four videos to promote tourist attractions of Japan's Tohoku northeastern region to American people. (Jiji)

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    Work to dispose of a World War II bomb that did not explode was carried out on Kokusai-dori, a major street in the city center of Naha, the capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, on Saturday. (Jiji)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three persons, including a former member of a bosozoku group, over the alleged extortion of a male adult video (AV) star, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)

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    The body of a child which was found Friday at the edge of a river in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, has been identified as that of a three-year-old boy who has been missing since Dec 9. (Japan Today)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested another organized crime member over the alleged possession of a pistol found last year through the help of a so-called “hybrid police dog,” reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled its jets against Chinese aircraft fewer times during the first 9 months of this fiscal year, compared to the previous year. (NHK)

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    The Tokyo metropolitan government will survey foreign tourists on what they enjoy about the city's nightlife, aiming to better cater to their interests while encouraging them to spend, a source said Saturday. (Japan Today)

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    A male teen held for allegedly stabbing a female high school student in the city of Kagoshima earlier this month told police his target “could be anyone,” investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)

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    Long periods of stress appear to raise the cancer risk in men by 20 percent compared with those who say they’re stress-free, according to a survey by a Japanese research team. (Japan Times)

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    NHK has learned that a sumo wrestler, driving without a license, was involved in a vehicular accident earlier this month. No one was injured. (NHK)

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