The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday struck a less optimistic tone on its view of the world's number three economy, but held off launching fresh monetary easing measures after a two-day meeting.
The father of a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who confessed to decapitating a classmate earlier this year has killed himself, news reports said Monday.
Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan Monday, packing gusting winds and huge waves that swept three U.S. military officials out to sea in another stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to nature.
Disgraced swimmer Naoya Tomita was “not in his usual mental state” when he stole a journalist's camera at the Asian Games, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Saturday.
Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.
Japan's upper house of parliament, often called the chamber of wisdom, has been rocked by a dress code row after a minister appeared sporting a red scarf.
Japan weighed in Friday on the standoff between government and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, calling for the city's “free and open” system not to be undermined, in an intervention likely to anger Beijing.
Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged Thursday.
It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.”
The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.