A strong earthquake with a seismic intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, leaving five people dead and many homes without water or gas. A concrete wall collapsed and killed a 9-year-old girl on her way to elementary school.
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.”
A Japanese director’s “Shoplifters”, a story of an impoverished family, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The film portrays human connections through a Tokyo family that lives in poverty.
The leaders of North and South Korea pledged to pursue denuclearization and a permanent peace at a historic summit on Friday. With a warm handshake, the two men briefly stepped over the military demarcation line to the northern side.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump pledged to raise the abduction issue during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected by early June.
The United States, Britain and France struck chemical weapons facilities in Syria on Friday following its alleged poison gas attack on civilians. President Donald Trump hailed the intervention by tweeting “Mission Accomplished.”
US President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement on Saturday that he agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May. Pyongyang had promised to give up its nuclear capability under certain conditions.
Japan marked on Wednesday the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in the western port city of Kobe and the surrounding areas.
A former chief priest at a shrine in Tokyo fatally stabbed his older sister, the chief priestess, before committing a suicide on Thursday night. He had warned in a letter to its officials that he would haunt them as a vengeful ghost if they don’t dismiss her.
Yoshiharu Habu, 47, became the first professional shogi player to win lifetime titles in all 7 major title matches on Tuesday. After beating the opponent, he said he still hasn’t grasped the reality.