Up-and-coming Japanese teenager Tomokazu Harimoto failed to reach the main draw of the Japan Open after losing in the third round of men's singles qualifiers on Thursday.
The 13-year-old, who became the youngest player to reach the last eight of the world championships earlier this month, lost 4-1 to China's Liang Jingkun at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Japan's parliament enacted Thursday contentious legislation to criminalize the planning of serious crimes, which the government says will help thwart terrorism but opponents claim could lead to the suppression of civil liberties and excessive state surveillance.
The amendment to the law on organized crime cleared a vote in a plenary session of the House of Councillors, or upper house, after the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito took the unorthodox step on Wednesday of bypassing an upper house committee vote.
Japan's leading expert on population urged the country on Wednesday to take comprehensive measures to stem its falling birthrate and get everyone involved in tackling the expected drop in population.
Saying Japan is now at a "historic turning point," Ryuichi Kaneko, deputy director general at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, called for making investments in turning around the current environment where the birthrate remains low.
A German senior executive of the Japanese arm of Volkswagen AG was arrested Wednesday for the alleged use of a stimulant drug, police said.
Thomas Siebert, 53, is suspected of using the drug in Tokyo or vicinities early this month. The senior corporate executive officer of Volkswagen Group Japan admitted to using cocaine but denied the use of any other illegal drugs, the police said.
Japan has complained to Russia after a coast guard patrol found a Russian vessel engaged in unauthorized activities in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters on Tuesday that patrollers found the vessel towing what looked like a cable off Cape Soya in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Monday last week.
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In told an envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that the divisive issue of women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese military should not impede the development of bilateral ties.
Moon, who took office last month, was quoted by the presidential office as telling Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, that the South Korean people cannot accept a landmark 2015 deal between Tokyo and Seoul to resolve the two countries' long-running feud over the issue.