The World Trade Organization on Thursday upheld South Korean import bans on some Japanese seafood in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, overturning a previous decision. The ruling came as a disappointment to Tokyo.
Seven-Eleven Japan and Lawson, two major convenience store chains, announced on Monday that they decided to stop selling adult magazines this summer ahead of the Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics. The move is aimed at maintaining a positive impression of the country among foreign visitors.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has set a record for the most retweeted tweet by promising to share 100 million yen among 100 randomly selected people who followed his account and retweeted the post. His tweet has been shared for over five million times so far.
Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling next year, government sources said on Thursday. The move would spark criticism from Australia and other anti-whaling nations over whale conservations.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday showed a capsule that was successfully released from an unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month. JAXA collected experiment samples from the capsule for analysis.
Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of falsifying securities reports. The automaker said an internal investigation found that he had understated his compensation and misused company assets for many years.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways pledged to take measures on Friday to prevent heavy drinking by flight crew in response to recent incidents involving alcohol-affected pilots from the two major airlines.
China’s state-run news agency on Wednesday unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence news anchors to deliver the news 24 hours a day. The robots are designed to simulate the voice, facial expressions, and gestures of real-life broadcasters.
The government plans to keep the consumption tax rate at 8 percent for daily necessities such as food and beverages after the planned tax hike to 10 percent in October 2019. It is also considering offering 2 percent rebates for cashless payments at small and medium-sized operators for a limited period.
Banksy’s painting “Girl With Balloon” passed through a shredder hidden inside the frame moments after it sold for 1.04 million pounds at a London auction in early October. The winning bidder has decided to stick with her purchase of the self-destructed work, which has now been retitled “Love Is in the Bin.”