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Yakuza rivals buying up guns, recruiting assassins

Since the breakup of Japan's largest crime syndicate, demand in the nation's underworld has soared for two things: loaded weapons and hit men. (Asahi)

Man dies after being found unconscious on Odawara street

Police in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Monday that a 57-year-old man died in hospital after he was found bleeding from a head injury on a street early Sunday morning. (Japan Today)

Japan may stop financial contributions to UNESCO: gov't spokesman

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Japanese government will consider stopping financial contributions to UNESCO or reducing the amount, given the U.N. body's decision to add Chines...

Japan, Iran foreign ministers agree on investment pact

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday struck an agreement on a bilateral investment pact. (Kyodo)

Consumer spending seen grinding to halt and scheduled sales tax hike not helping

Do not believe in official statistics, Japanese retailers seem to be saying, as they cut earnings forecasts and warn of lackluster consumer spending, a key growth engine for Japan at a time when expor...

7-year-old girl dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in tent

Police in Minami-Ise, Mie Prefecture, said Sunday that a 7-year-old girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning after she was found unconscious in a tent on Saturday night. (Japan Today)

JAL jet involved in near-miss with small plane near Kagoshima airport

A Japan Airlines Co. jet had a near-miss incident with a small plane in southern Kyushu on Saturday, the transport ministry said Sunday. (Japan Times)

17-year-old youth arrested for stealing bag from woman in wheelchair

Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of stealing a shoulder bag from a woman in a wheelchair in September. (Japan Today)

Japan closes World Cup pool stage with 28-18 win over US

Japan's 28-18 win over the United States on Sunday brought the curtains down on a Rugby World Cup pool stage that it lit up. (

Snow-capped Mt. Fuji

Mount Fuji has been capped with the snow for the first time this season. Weather officials say the iconic mountain was capped with snow 5 days earlier than last year but 11 days later than usual. (NHK...

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