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All the latest news on Japan

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    The leader of Tokyo Medical University has allegedly asked a senior education ministry official to give the school favorable treatment over the ministry's university support program at the center of a bribery scandal, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)

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    Women now account for 5.9 pct of executives at major Japanese companies, up 0.8 percentage point from last year, a Jiji Press survey showed on Thursday. (Jiji)

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    Miki Sudo extended her winning streak in the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in New York to a fifth year on Wednesday. (Jiji)

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    The city of Kyoto once again saw record levels of tourists in 2017, with 15.57 million foreign and Japanese visitors spending at least one night in the former capital, city officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

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    A male professor at Kagawa University in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, has caused a controversy after he posted on Twitter that his “hobby” was sexual harassment. The tweet went viral on the internet, resulting in a public apology by the university’s president on Tuesday. (Japan Today)

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed determination to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue of the North's abductions of Japanese. (NHK)

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    The North Pacific Fisheries Commission at its three-day annual meeting through Thursday failed to reach an agreement on a Japanese-proposed cap on saury catches. (Jiji)

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    Akira Nishino, who led the Japanese national soccer team to the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Russia as its coach, will step down from the post once his current term expires at the end of this month, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)

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    A Japanese court has ordered the government to grant refugee status to a Sri Lankan man who entered Japan 12 years ago after fleeing his country's civil war. (NHK)

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    Officials in Japan have issued warnings for floods and mudslides. They're due to torrential downpours brought by a seasonal rain front over much of the country. (NHK)

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    Shoko Asahara, founder of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo and mastermind behind the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system — and a number of other horrific crimes in the 1980s and ’90s — was executed on Friday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. (Japan Times)

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    What is believed to be an image of Junpei Yasuda, a 44-year-old Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria, appeared Friday on the Facebook page of a Syrian man. (Jiji)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 34-year-old male glasswork artisan over the alleged sale of marijuana in Kanagawa Prefecture, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Princess Mako’s fiance, Kei Komuro, will attend the law school of Fordham University in New York starting in August, the school announced Thursday. (Japan Times)

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    A Japanese court sentenced the former head of a parents' group at an elementary school near Tokyo to life in prison on Friday over the 2017 murder of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl who attended the school. (Kyodo)

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    Former Aum Shinrikyo executive Fumihiro Joyu, who later founded Hikari no Wa (The Circle of Rainbow Light) which is one of the splinter groups, offered his apologies once again Friday to people affected by the doomsday cult but said he is no longer part of the original group. (Japan Times)

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    The western part of Japan is on high alert due to extremely heavy rain. (NHK)

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    As of 7 AM Saturday in Japan, four people are dead and 38 missing due to floods and landslides following record rainfall. (NHK)

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    A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo on Saturday. (NHK)

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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that have been battered by record-breaking torrential rains. (NHK)

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