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.
Japan’s upper house conducted renovation work last week to improve barrier-free access for two severely-disabled lawmakers. They won seats in the recent election as members of a new political party established by actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto.
Thursday’s arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto, renowned for its high-quality works, sent shock waves across the world. The 41-year-old suspect, who is being treated in hospital for severe burns, told police that his novel was stolen.