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All the latest news on Japan

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    An online bomb threat has prompted Tokyo's Aoyama Gakuin University to call off classes on Monday, the university said Sunday. (Japan Today)

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    Sexual minorities and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo to promote equality and greater awareness of LGBT issues. (NHK)

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    Altair VR has conquered the Russian franchise market in VR education, with 23 franchisees as of today, and continues to expand into the West. (Altair VR )

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    Hidden cameras were found in a restroom at a park in Toyota City that was used for a girls’ softball tournament over the weekend, reports Tokai Television (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Work began Monday to demolish care home buildings in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, where dozens of disabled people were killed and injured in a stabbing rampage in 2016. (Jiji)

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    In a bid to reduce the amount of food discarded uneaten, Japan's Environment Ministry will promote a campaign encouraging consumers to choose food products approaching their use-by dates, officials said Monday. (Jiji)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two men for allegedly employing an underage girl at a sex business, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Japan and China are unlikely to mention that the waters and airspace around a group of uninhabited islets controlled by Japan and claimed by China are subject to a bilateral communication mechanism aimed at averting unintended clashes, Japanese government sources said Monday. (Japan Today)

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    A new political party was created in Japan on Monday through a merger of two opposition parties--the Democratic Party and the Party of Hope--with the participation of 62 lawmakers. (Jiji)

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    Sales of Sony Corp.'s new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog in Japan are off to a solid start, with the electronics giant saying Monday that 11,111 units were sold in three months since its release in January. (Kyodo)

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    Osaka Prefectural Police are hunting for a man who slashed the female manager of a beauty salon in Nishinari Ward during a robbery on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    A strong chemical smell that prompted more than 20 visitors to complain of throat pain at a popular Kyoto temple last week may have been caused by an animal repellent spray used nearby, the city government said Monday. (Japan Today)

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    Japan's land ministry conducted on Monday the first drill using a new emergency information system to release alerts on the possibility of a major earthquake occurring in the Nankai Trough off the country's Pacific coast. (Jiji)

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    Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to buy London-listed Shire for 45.3 billion pounds ($62 billion) on Tuesday, the biggest yet in a wave of deals sweeping the drugs industry. (Reuters)

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    In Japan, local authorities are continuing their search for a man and his son who have been missing for 2 days in a mountain range in Niigata Prefecture. (NHK)

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    The Defense Ministry on Tuesday punished a senior Self-Defense Forces member for insulting a Diet member on a street while he was off duty, concluding in a report that his act degraded the “dignity” an SDF member should maintain. (Japan Times)

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    Japan Airlines is set to launch a budget airline with the aim of offering medium- and long-haul international flights by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Nikkei)

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    Finance Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday repeated a controversial statement that appeared to downplay an incident of alleged sexual harassment by his ministry’s top bureaucrat, just a day after his earlier comments sparked protest demonstrations in a number of cities across the nation. (Japan Times)

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    A 40-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in a man’s apartment in Fukuoka, police said Tuesday. The whereabouts of the man, who is in his 70s, remain unknown. (Japan Today)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a Turkish national currently applying for refugee status and one other foreigner who are suspected in dozens of burglaries in the Kanto area since the beginning of the year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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