Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday denied allegations that his office covered part of the costs for a dinner party held on the eve of a state-funded cherry blossom-viewing event, a practice that would constitute a breach of the public offices election law.
The government decided on Friday to postpone the introduction of private-sector English tests as part of unified university entrance exams starting in fiscal 2020. The decision came after the education minister made a gaffe over students’ financial standing last month.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike showed an apparent expression of displeasure on Friday over the International Olympic Committee’s abrupt decision to move the marathon and race walking events next year to the northern city of Sapporo in order to avoid the extreme summer heat in the capital.
Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino has shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers for their work on the development of lithium ion batteries, which are widely used in mobile phones, electric vehicles, and many other devices in modern society.
Japan shocked the rugby world again on Saturday with a stunning come-from-behind victory over No 2-ranked Ireland in the 2019 World Cup. The second straight win in Pool A has given the host nation a strong chance of reaching the knockout stages for the first time ever.
Shinjiro Koizumi, a high-profile lawmaker touted as a future prime minister, assumed the post of environment minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle. He grabbed headlines last month with a surprise announcement of his marriage to a well-known TV personality.
A high school baseball manager created a controversy for resting its ace pitcher in the prefectural final in late July. The school’s failure to reach the prestigious national tournament sparked a debate across Japan on whether a team should put a pitcher’s health ahead of its victory.