Japan's Olympic chief insisted US$2 million in payments were "legitimate" on Friday after French prosecutors launched a probe, suspecting they were aimed at winning support for Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
The governor of Tokyo has triggered public outrage for flying first-class and staying at up to US$1,800-a-night suites in Europe and America during official trips.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker under investigation for lying about fuel economy data for some models, said Wednesday such tampering is suspected in all of its vehicles sold in Japan.
Japanese are welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, and those interviewed Wednesday said they aren't seeking an apology.
U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Hiroshima this month, making the first visit by a sitting American president to the site where the U.S. first dropped an atomic bomb, decimated a city and shot the world into the Atomic Age.
A Japanese artist who makes objects shaped like her vagina was convicted Monday after a high-profile obscenity trial, in a decision likely to reignite accusations of heavy-handed censorship.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday hailed a potential breakthrough in a decades-long territorial dispute with Russia, after talks with President Vladimir Putin, Japan's foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.
Japanese schools are filled with "hateful" comments about gay and transgender people, including from teachers, which aggravates bullying and drives some students into depression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Friday.
Japan's finance minister said late Saturday the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying," adding Tokyo will take action when necessary.
A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public "belching or flatulence" in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.