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Abe has informal dinner meeting with India PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a 5-day tour of Japan on Saturday with an informal dinner in Kyoto with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (NHK)

World media rush to report 'Hello Kitty is not a cat'

Media reports that Sanrio Co.'s popular character Hello Kitty is "not a cat" have swirled across the globe, following a U.S. newspaper story. (Jiji Press)

Tohoku revival festival starts in Paris

A two-day festival to highlight the charm of Japan's Tohoku region started in a park in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday morning to help reconstruction of the region devastated by the ma...

Japanese man found dead in Hudson possibly shot in head

The body of a Japanese man was found floating in the Hudson River last week and may have been shot in the head, according to the New York City Police Department and Consulate General of Japan in New Y...

Tests of 4K, 8K broadcasts eyed for 2016

The government plans to start ultrahigh-definition 4K and 8K television broadcasting on broadcast satellite TV channels on a trial basis in 2016 when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics will b...

30 Okayama schools get postcards threatening to kidnap students

Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Saturday that at least 30 elementary schools received postcards this week, in which the sender threatened to kidnap a child. (Japan Today)

Search continues 10 days after Hiroshima mudslides

The search continues for people missing in last week's devastating landslides in western Japan. Officials have identified 72 bodies, but 2 people remain missing. (NHK)

Novartis fails to report side effects, fatality

Novartis Pharma K.K. said it has failed to report to the health ministry at least 2,579 cases of serious side effects, including a fatality, from its drugs for leukemia and other diseases even though ...

Japan executes yakuza boss behind three murders

A yakuza boss convicted of three murders was executed by Japanese authorities Friday, a rare case of a member of the Japanese mafia receiving the death penalty. (Wall Street Journal)

Japan councillor's drug trial in China ends

The Chinese trial of a Japanese city politician for drug trafficking has ended with prosecutors asking for a sentence ranging from 15 years to death, reports said. (

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