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All the latest news on Japan

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    Japan's Imperial Household Agency will announce plans for the engagement of Princess Ayako. (NHK)

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    The Japanese government has found itself in a tight spot following the US request that the international community completely halt imports of crude oil from Iran. (NHK)

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    A 21-year-old man had at least four edged tools including knives and an ax during his fatal attack against a policeman and others in Toyama the previous day, investigative sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)

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    Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 reached its target, Ryugu, on Wednesday morning, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said the same day. (Jiji)

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    The Tokyo metropolitan assembly voted Wednesday to introduce tougher smoking restrictions in the Japanese capital than currently discussed in the Diet, the country's parliament. (Jiji)

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    Japan's Lawson will do away with the delivery of fresh food to online shoppers at the end of August, as rising costs and slow demand have rendered the service unsustainable. (Nikkei)

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    A Japanese mayor who suffered a stroke at a sumo wrestling event and was given first aid by a female nurse who entered the male-only ring has said the ancient ban on women is irrelevant. (Japan Today)

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    The government will relax the rule for duty-free shopping from Sunday in its latest effort to spur spending by foreign visitors, after “explosive buying” by Chinese tourists appears to have cooled down. (Japan Times)

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    TV “talent” Becky, 34, is currently dating Yasuyuki Kataoka, a coach for the minor league Yomiuri Giants baseball team. Sources say that the two met through a mutual friend in the television broadcasting industry and became a couple last month, Sankei Shimbun reported. (Japan Today)

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    Legoland Japan unveiled Thursday a water play area -- an attraction added to the amusement park for the first time since opening in April 2017 -- as the park operator hopes to boost the number of visitors during the summer break. (Kyodok)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man over the alleged theft of women’s underwear, a crime for which he was imprisoned until earlier this year, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Two bullets were discovered inside an elementary school building in the city of Toyama, after a former Self-Defense Forces member wrested a gun loaded with five bullets by killing a police officer at a nearby police box and gunned down a security guard on Tuesday, it was learned on Thursday. (Jiji)

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    Jubilant soccer fans have overrun a famous intersection near Tokyo's Shibuya Station in reaction to Japan's advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup finals in Russia. (NHK)

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    In the soccer World Cup finals in Russia, Japan advanced to the knockout phase despite a 1-0 loss to Poland in their final group-stage match on Thursday. (NHK)

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    Sharp Corp scrapped a plan to issue up to $2 billion in new shares, changing its mind in a matter of weeks after the initial announcement prompted investors to dump its shares on fears of earnings per share dilution. (Japan Today)

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    Trading volume on the Tokyo Stock Exchange has slumped to the lowest level in 14 years, while Shanghai shares have fallen six weeks in a row, underscoring investor concern over U.S.-China tariff tensions. (Nikkei)

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    An affiliate of Japanese electronics giant Hitachi Ltd. admitted Friday it had falsified data for 60,000 industrial batteries, the latest in a series of similar scandals that has battered the country’s reputation for quality. (Japan Times)

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    A 41-year-old man has been arrested after carrying out an unusual technique to steal fresh fish from a store in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. (Japan Today)

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    The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Friday a work style reform bill that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regards as the most important legislation in its ongoing session. (Jiji)

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    Weather authorities suspect a tornado hit the western Japanese city of Maibara in Shiga Prefecture on Friday, causing injuries and damage. (NHK)

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