The Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday that it hanged two death-row inmates including a man found guilty of multiple murders in the 1990s, who had filed a retrial plea. The other inmate was convicted of killing a female colleague in 2011.
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.
Time Magazine named on Monday an eight-year-old Syrian girl who drew global attention by posting updates on Twitter from besieged Aleppo one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet. Her tweets went viral with more than 360,000 people following her.
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”.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at a local town hall in London on Friday after a high-rise fire killed at least 30 people two days earlier. Chanting “We want justice,” they urged authorities to adopt stricter safety measures and provide new accommodations for the residents.
A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.
About 1,500 soccer fans watching the Champions League final on a large screen in the Italian city of Turin were injured on Saturday night after a firecracker, which was mistaken for gunshots or an explosion, provoked a stampede.
A Denver Post sportswriter lost his job on Monday after triggering a backlash on social media for tweeting that a Japanese driver’s victory in the Indianapolis 500 made him “uncomfortable.”
A former vice minister of education told a news conference on Thursday that documents exist linking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the decision to approve a veterinary medicine faculty at a university run by a close friend of Abe.
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