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Man admits killing Kobe girl, his lawyer says

The man arrested on suspicion of killing a 6-year-old girl in Kobe has confessed to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

New ministers pledge no interruption to nuclear policy, female empowerment

On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for r...

Nikkei extends fall on Shiozaki comments, gets little help from China data

Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous da...

Japan's plan to legalise casinos likely to be delayed again, official says

Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling has likely been delayed again, a senior official said on Monday, dealing a further political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (straitstimes.com)

Japan's Java wars: Convenience stores angle for coffee market crown

Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee. (Reuters)

Japan 'not ready' for invasion of redbacks as venomous Australian spiders reach Tokyo

Experts warn Japan's medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. (abc.net.au)

New sakes promoted to young drinkers

This year's sake brewing season has begun, and newly harvested rice is being shipped across the nation. (The Japan News)

Kamo Aquarium to partner with Berlin zoo on jellyfish

A Yamagata Prefecture aquarium recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for its outstanding jellyfish exhibit plans to set up a partnership with the Berlin Zoological Garden, one of the world'...

Fujifilm says to make Avigan anti-flu drug for more Ebola patients

Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp <4901.T> said on Monday it was expanding the production of its Avigan anti-influenza drug to reach an additional number of Ebola patients. (Reuters)

Cabinet resignations cast dark cloud over Abe, Abenomics

The resignation of two scandal-scarred ministers could rapidly erode public support for a cabinet that faces a host of tough decisions, including a consumption tax hike, the restart of nuclear reactor...



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