Teenage prodigy Rika Kihira on Saturday became the first Japanese skater since Mao Asada in 2005 to win the Grand Prix Final in her debut season. The 16-year-old attributed the success to learning from her past failures.
SoftBank’s mobile service outage affected millions of users in many parts of Japan on Thursday afternoon. Sweden’s manufacturer Ericsson apologized and said its equipment fault was to blame for the disruption.
A Chinese scientist, who claimed to have made the world’s first gene-edited babies, has been missing. He gave a presentation on his experiment at a conference in Hong Kong last week, which triggered controversy in the medical community.
A group of “visiting deity” folk rituals were added on Thursday to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. In the festivals, people in rural communities wearing masks or costumes visit homes to drive away evil spirits at the end of the year or when seasons change.
The city of Osaka won a race to host the World Expo in 2025, beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan over 2 rounds of voting in Paris on Friday. The western Japanese city held the event in 1970, which attracted 64 million visitors.
Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of falsifying securities reports. The automaker said an internal investigation found that he had understated his compensation and misused company assets for many years.
Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani won the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. The two-way star earned 25 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
China’s state-run news agency on Wednesday unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence news anchors to deliver the news 24 hours a day. The robots are designed to simulate the voice, facial expressions, and gestures of real-life broadcasters.
The Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate in US midterm elections on Tuesday, which were seen as the first referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency since he was elected in 2016.
South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation to compensate four South Koreans for their forced labor during World War Two, which the Japanese government denounced as unacceptable.