Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling next year, government sources said on Thursday. The move would spark criticism from Australia and other anti-whaling nations over whale conservations.
The president of a Japanese real estate firm apologized on Tuesday for causing a building explosion that injured 42 people in Sapporo on the weekend. He admitted that two employees emptied about 120 spray cans of deodorizer for disposal inside the room where doors and windows were closed.
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.