The World Trade Organization on Thursday upheld South Korean import bans on some Japanese seafood in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, overturning a previous decision. The ruling came as a disappointment to Tokyo.
A recent government survey showed that over 600,000 Japanese people aged 40 to 64 are believed to live as recluses, who stay at home in complete isolation from society without working for more than six months. Men accounted for nearly three-quarters of them.
Popular male idol group Arashi said on Sunday evening that they will suspend group activities indefinitely at the end of next year. The surprise announcement was triggered by 38-year-old leader Satoshi Ohno, who expressed his desire to leave show business to see views he has never seen before.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka won a dramatic Australian Open final on Saturday after missing three championship points in the second set. Her two straight grand slam titles ensure that she will rise to the new world number one.
Seven-Eleven Japan and Lawson, two major convenience store chains, announced on Monday that they decided to stop selling adult magazines this summer ahead of the Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics. The move is aimed at maintaining a positive impression of the country among foreign visitors.
The Defense Ministry plans to release new evidence to prove its claim that a South Korean warship directed its fire-control radar at a Maritime Self-Defense Force plane
last month. In response, South Korea issued a statement urging Japan not to distort the facts.