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Anne Frank vandalism suspect to face psychiatric test

Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions...

BOJ's Kuroda maintains positive view on economy

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed the central bank's upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year ...

Nikkei surges, SoftBank jumps on Alibaba earnings

Japan's Nikkei share average surged on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street the day before and comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso that the market took to suggest more stoc...

Japan's indigenous stealth jet prototype 'to fly this year'

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has reaffirmed the nation's plan for a 2014 first flight of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter: a prototype for a future fighter to repla...

Experts to study bird flu infection route

Officials in southwestern Japan are trying to contain the bird flu virus that has infected chickens at a poultry farm. (NHK)

Mizuno apologizes for ball defect in pro baseball

Japan's professional baseball league was facing another ball scandal Tuesday as sports equipment giant Mizuno apologized for a defect that turned the nation's top sport into a slugfest. (Japan Today)

Mt. Hiyori regains status as shortest mountain

Mt. Hiyori in Miyagino Ward, Sendai, has regained its status as "the shortest mountain in Japan" for the first time in 18 years. (The Japan News)

Young salmon released into river in Fukushima

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture have released young salmon into a local river for the first time in 4 years. (NHK)

Japan fails to get measles-free country status

The World Health Organization has declined to certify Japan as free of measles. (NHK)

Survey: Many Japanese firms need fresh capital

Many Japanese companies say they need more capital. That's seen as an indication that they're more positive about expanding their business. (NHK)



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