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.
Confidence among major Japanese manufacturers improved in the last quarter after a precipitous drop in the previous three months, a Bank of Japan (BOJ) survey showed Wednesday, but analysts warned the economy was not yet back on track.
Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were halted for the day Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain.
Two people have died in a decompression chamber at a Japanese spa, news reports said Monday, with a police investigation focusing on a possible fault with the machine.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pressed on with a diplomatic offensive aimed at securing his first-ever summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said Sunday.