All nine people on board a rescue helicopter that crashed into a mountain in central Japan were confirmed dead on Saturday. The chopper was checking a new climbing trail when it went down on Friday morning.
The 78-year-old chairman of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation admitted to his relationship with a former head of a gang for over half a century. He has been accused of improper conduct including forcing referees to fix the outcome of matches.
Tokyo Medical University has been accused of having deducted entrance exam scores of female applicants for years in a bid to keep the ratio of women at about 30 percent. The practice was apparently introduced over concerns female doctors would often resign to get married and start a family.
Mars made its closest approach to Earth since August 2003 on Tuesday. Only 57.59 million kilometers separated the two planets. If you missed it, you can expect a good view of the red planet through early September.
Thousands of people rallied on Saturday to call for the resignation of a female lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. She argued in a magazine article that the government should not use taxpayers’ money to support LGBT couples because they are unproductive.
A record-breaking heatwave in Tokyo has raised questions about the timing of the next Summer Olympics, which are just two years away. Experts warned that the Games in similar conditions could pose health risks to athletes and spectators alike.
People in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on the midsummer Day of the Ox, which fell on Friday this year, following an old saying that consuming the dish on that day helps in coping with the heat. Retailers also promoted mackerel and other foods as substitutes amid soaring prices for the endangered fish.
After one of the worst natural disasters in Japan’s recent history, a heat wave covered the nation on Sunday. At least three people died and more than 2,000 others were taken to hospitals, with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius.
The death toll from torrential rains in western Japan over the weekend reached over 150 on Tuesday. Search and rescue operations continued in hardest-hit areas with dozens of people still unaccounted for.
Founder of Aum Supreme Truth cult and six other death row inmates were executed, the Justice Ministry announced on Friday. The cult committed a series of heinous crimes in the 1980s and ’90s including a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.