North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed on Sunday that its hydrogen bomb test last Wednesday was an act of self-defense against a U.S. threat of nuclear war.
The Japan Coast Guard said on Friday a remote Pacific island south of Tokyo has grown twelve times in its size since it was formed by an undersea eruption two years ago.
Search and rescue operations continued over the weekend for people still missing following torrential rain and flooding in eastern Japan.
A lull in the rainy season brought scorching weather to Japan on Monday, with temperatures rising above 38 degrees Celsius in several regions of the country.
South Korea said on Sunday that a 75-year-old man died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, bringing the total of deaths to five since its outbreak last month.
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Saturday evening, although it occurred far beneath the earth’s surface and did not generate a tsunami warning.
About 70 disaster relief workers from Japan were dispatched to Nepal on Monday to provide rescue and assistance following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed over 4000 people.
Rescuers were forced to call off efforts to save more than 150 dolphins that stranded on a beach in Japan on Friday. They usually reside in deep oceans.
Following the deaths of patients after liver surgery at Gunma University Hospital, lawyers for bereaved families said on Friday that they may lodge a criminal complaint against the operating surgeon.
Japan’s space agency successfully launched a rocket carrying the Hayabusa 2 probe on Wednesday on a mission to travel to a distant asteroid to collect surface samples.