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All the latest news on Japan

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    A leading North Korea-watching website has disputed Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s reported remarks that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct a fresh nuclear test even as tensions on the Korean Peninsula ease ahead of a rare summit between the two Koreas. (Japan Times)

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    Oita Prefectural Police have cited a driver of a vehicle for the Google Street View service for traveling in a restricted area of Oita City, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Police arrested a man early Tuesday in western Japan for disrupting train services after he refused to let go of a door on the night's last train as it was departing. (Japan Today)

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    Japanese macaques in Jigokudani valley, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, take a dip in hot springs during the winter to relieve stress by warming themselves up, a research team has found. (Jiji)

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    Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, concluded on Tuesday their negotiations on a bill aimed at introducing casino-featuring integrated resorts in the country, adopting a plan to set a casino entry fee of 6,000 yen per visit. (Jiji)

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    Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has held a ceremony to mark the creation of a new command that has control over all GSDF units nationwide. (NHK)

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    Amazon Japan seems to be turning a fee hike for small deliveries into an opportunity to prod consumers to join its loyalty program. (Nikkei)

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    Aichi Prefectural Police have arrested a staff member at the Transportation Bureau of Nagoya over the alleged possession of child pornography, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Despite the changes in food culture in Japan over the past few decades, Japan has far less of an obesity problem than most other developed nations. (Japan Today)

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    Investigative sources say about 250 kilograms of illegal stimulant drugs were found in a cargo ship that arrived at the Port of Tokyo from Hong Kong in January. (NHK)

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    Chiba Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation after an 88-year-old woman was strangled to death in Katsuura City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    The three northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, are expected to have three days each allotted to them in the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)

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    An art installation featuring a telephone booth filled with water and dozens of goldfish will be removed from in front of a coffee shop in Nara Prefecture after an accusation of plagiarism, the local body managing the property said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

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    A professional sumo referee has told women who stepped onto a sumo ring to provide first aid for a mayor to leave the ring, according to the Japan Sumo Association. (Jiji)

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    A Bank of Japan survey shows that an increasing number of people feel they have become worse off, mainly because of rising prices. The central bank carries out the poll every 3 months to gauge consumer sentiment. (NHK)

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    The latest artificial intelligence technologies and services are on display at an exhibition in Tokyo. (NHK)

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    Japan is moving toward legalizing initial coin offerings, even as countries such as China and the U.S. restrict the fundraising method because of the risks it presents for investors. (Japan Times)

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    Western Union, the leading international money transfer operator, will soon offer Japan's burgeoning population of foreign workers the ability to send money home by smartphone. (Nikkei)

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    The head of Japan's Self-Defense Forces has apologized for the delay in reporting the discovery of the daily logs of their activities in Iraq. (NHK)

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    Every year, the cherry blossoms unfurl their pretty petals in spring, and every year local and overseas visitors gather under the sakura trees to admire the beauty of the flowers with a hanami flower-viewing picnic. (soranews24.com)

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