A tourism promotion video for Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan featuring a well-known model is receiving mixed reviews. Seven assembly women asked the governor on Friday to remove it because of some sexually suggestive scenes.
Some 950 people attended a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a popular dress-up doll named Licca-chan near Tokyo on Monday. Invitation cards were included in a limited edition of the doll released 25 years ago.
A record-breaking winning streak by a teenage shogi prodigy ended on Sunday with his first official loss to a 22-year-old opponent. The junior high school student had extended his unbeaten streak to 29 since his pro debut in December, causing a nationwide sensation.
Mao Kobayashi, a former newscaster who chronicled her battle with breast cancer on her blog, died at the age of 34 on Thursday. British broadcaster BBC had picked her as one of the 100 most inspirational and influential women in November 2016. BBC reported that her blog was “groundbreaking”.
Figure skating icon Mao Asada, who has been plagued by left-knee pain, announced her retirement on Monday, saying she has lost the will to compete after a disappointing season.
The talent agency of a 22-year-old popular actress made a surprise announcement on Sunday that she decided to retire from show business to devote herself to a religious group called Happy Science.
Over ten thousand fans flocked to a Tokyo shrine on Friday to watch sumo wrestler Kisenosato perform his first ring-entry ceremony as the first Japanese born grand champion in nearly two decades.
US actress Meryl Streep blamed President-elect Donald Trump, without naming him, for mocking a disabled reporter in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards on January 8th.
Pop singer Aska, who had called police on Friday to complain he was being secretly monitored, was arrested on Monday night for using stimulant drugs.
A Japanese comedian’s catchy tune that went viral on the internet has entered the Guinness World Records as the shortest song to break into the Billboard Hot 100.