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.
The Swedish Academy says it has failed to reach Bob Dylan, the American music legend, days after it awarded him the Nobel prize in Literature on Thursday, which has sparked controversy.
The share price of Japan’s gaming giant Nintendo, which soared since the release of its extremely popular smartphone app Pokemon Go, plunged by 13 per cent on Wednesday.