A Japanese 5th grader became the youngest world champion at the World Othello Championship in Prague on Friday. On his return flight to Japan, he was unexpectedly congratulated by the pilot, who revealed that he was the previous record holder.
Banksy’s painting “Girl With Balloon” passed through a shredder hidden inside the frame moments after it sold for 1.04 million pounds at a London auction in early October. The winning bidder has decided to stick with her purchase of the self-destructed work, which has now been retitled “Love Is in the Bin.”
Former internal affairs minister Seiko Noda, who was replaced during the cabinet reshuffle last week, said she was worried about the shrinking number of female ministers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed the lone woman, regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama, could do the work of two or three.
Tokyo’s 80-year-old seafood market, Tsukiji, closed on Saturday to move to its replacement site on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The new Toyosu market is scheduled to open on October 11, with many shop owners and workers still doubting its safety.
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana submitted his retirement to the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday. He said the association pressured him to admit that the complaint he filed with the Cabinet Office in March was groundless, which prompted him to retire from the sport.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handily defeated his sole rival, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, in a vote for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, paving the way for becoming the nation’s longest-serving leader during a new three-year term.
U.S. rocket company SpaceX on Monday introduced Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the world’s first passenger on a lunar trip planned for 2023. The 42-year-old founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown, said he intends to invite six to eight artists on a five-day journey around the moon.
Namie Amuro, a Japanese pop singer and fashion icon, delivered her final stage performance in Okinawa prefecture on Saturday night as fans flocked to the venue to bid her farewell. The 40-year-old diva announced last September that she would retire on September 16, 2018.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido last Thursday triggered a massive blackout across the region. Power was restored to nearly all customers within two days, but the trade minister called on the island’s businesses and residents to save energy.
Five elderly patients at a central Japan hospital died amid a heatwave after the air conditioners in their rooms broke down on August 20th. The hospital failed to report the possibility that heatstroke caused their death, according to the police.
A grand jury report released last week showed over 300 “predator priests” are accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania. Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church covered up the horrendous acts over seven decades, according to the report.
Police in Osaka have placed a 30-year-old rape suspect on a nationwide wanted list, mobilizing about 3,000 officers for a week. He escaped from a police station on August 12th by breaking an acrylic partition shortly after he met with his lawyer there.