U.S. rocket company SpaceX on Monday introduced Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the world’s first passenger on a lunar trip planned for 2023. The 42-year-old founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown, said he intends to invite six to eight artists on a five-day journey around the moon.
Namie Amuro, a Japanese pop singer and fashion icon, delivered her final stage performance in Okinawa prefecture on Saturday night as fans flocked to the venue to bid her farewell. The 40-year-old diva announced last September that she would retire on September 16, 2018.
Tokyo Medical University has been accused of having deducted entrance exam scores of female applicants for years in a bid to keep the ratio of women at about 30 percent. The practice was apparently introduced over concerns female doctors would often resign to get married and start a family.
People in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on the midsummer Day of the Ox, which fell on Friday this year, following an old saying that consuming the dish on that day helps in coping with the heat. Retailers also promoted mackerel and other foods as substitutes amid soaring prices for the endangered fish.
Japan and the European Union on Tuesday signed an economic partnership agreement that will eliminate nearly all tariffs. Japan’s dairy industry is voicing concerns over losing market share, while its consumers are expected to enjoy lower prices for various products.
A new law regulating private lodging businesses took effect on Friday to cope with a shortage of accommodations amid a growing number of foreign tourists. The law allows anyone to lease their rooms for up to 180 days a year if they register with their local government in advance.
Critics say the first-ever summit between sitting US and North Korean leaders in Singapore on Tuesday lacks details on the North’s nuclear development as their joint statement did not include the words “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.”
Police have launched a murder probe after a real estate mogul was found
dead at his home in western Japan on May 24 with a large amount of stimulants in his body. The 77-year-old man had dubbed himself “Don Juan” and married a 22-year-old woman earlier this year.
Japan introduced its first plea bargaining system on Friday that allows prosecutors to promise leniency to suspects or defendants in exchange for information on corporate crimes. Unlike in the U.S., they cannot plead guilty to their own charges for a shorter sentence.
The Johnny & Associates talent agency terminated its contract on Sunday with a former member of all-male pop group TOKIO over a high-profile incident. The 46-year-old bassist and singer was accused of molesting a high school girl at home in February.