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An AKB48 handshaking event descended into a scene of terrifying violence on Sunday evening, the venue filled with screams and angry voices.
AKB48 members leave hospital, events canceled


Princess Noriko, the 25-year-old second daughter of Princess Hisako of Takamado, is engaged to Kunimaro Senge, a 40-year-old Shinto priest at the Izumo Taisha grand shrine, the Imperial Household Agency announced Tuesday.
Japan's Princess Noriko of Takamado to marry an Izumo Taisha priest


South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday denounced fugitive members of the ship-owning family linked to last month's ferry disaster, calling them the “root cause” of the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives.

e Japanese government intensified its campaign to widen the role of the country's military Tuesday, by presenting specific security threats that could require the intervention of the Self-Defence Forces, a news report said.

Two teenage members of Japanese girl group AKB48 were in hospital Monday after being attacked by a man wielding a saw at one of the band's regular meet-the-fans events, managers said.
2 AKB48 singers hospitalized after saw attack


Murder detectives were Monday investigating the case of a young nurse whose corpse was sent by parcel post across Japan in a box that claimed to contain a doll.

Toshio Hiratsuka is the backbone of his local newspaper; the star reporter whose trusty notebook and pen have borne witness to nearly every significant event in his corner of Japan for 65 years.

A man armed with a saw assaulted and injured two members of AKB48 and one of their support staff at a “hand-shaking” meeting for fans of the popular girls' idol group shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests.
Japan launches satellite to survey disasters


A U.S. surveillance drone arrived at an air base in northern Japan on Saturday for the first deployment of the spy aircraft in the country, the U.S. Air Force said.
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