Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, Japan's coast guard said, marking the second such incident in a week.
Japan executed a death-row prisoner for the murders of two women on Friday, the justice ministry said, a further snub to calls from international rights groups to end capital punishment.
Tokyo expects to be able to "closely cooperate" with the new U.S. government in the Asia Pacific region, says top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga.
A giant sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing part of a five-lane street near the main railway station.
5-year-old Japanese boy was burnt to death after a wooden jungle gym display created for a Tokyo arts festival suddenly caught fire, reports and officials said Monday.
An elderly Japanese tourist and two Indonesians drowned Monday after being thrown off a glass-bottomed boat battered by big waves near Bali, police said, the latest maritime accident on the island.
Tsunami evacuation drills were held across Japan on Saturday, as the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.
A Japanese rocket that fired a weather satellite into space on Wednesday was decked out in colorful manga in a bid to raise awareness among kids about the wonders of the universe.
Kurdish authorities have detained a Japanese freelance journalist covering the fighting in Iraq, according to Japan's government and media reports.
Tokyo nursed a giant pumpkin-sized hangover Monday after a weekend of Halloween revelry which saw blood-spattered ghouls, fluffy animals and fake presidential candidates cut loose.