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.
The government announced on Friday that the Emperor is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, after a meeting of the Imperial House Council. His eldest son, the Crown Prince, will ascend the throne a day later.
A Japanese national research institute said on Monday that a geological period from 126,000 to 770,000 years ago will soon be called “Chibanian.” The name is based on a stratum discovered in Chiba Prefecture.
A handwritten note by Albert Einstein during his stay in Tokyo in 1922 sold for 1.56 million dollars at an auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday. He scribbled down his theory on happy living on a sheet of letter paper as a tip to a porter.
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.
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.
The planned engagement of Princess Mako has triggered a debate on the male-only succession to the imperial throne. After her marriage, the number of imperial family members is expected to drop to 18
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, paying respects to the victims of Japan’s attack and pledging that his country would never wage war again.