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.
A two-year-old boy, who went missing on a small island in western Japan, was found unharmed on Wednesday morning. Amid a massive manhunt, a veteran male volunteer in his 70s miraculously spotted the toddler sitting on a rock near his great-grandfather’s home.
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.