Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is determined to lead efforts to bridge deepening rifts between countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not.
Abe delivered an address at the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Monday, the anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city in 1945.
Japan's Fair Trade Commission has asked the country's Amateur Boxing Federation to consider allowing retired professional boxers to compete in the Olympics.
People familiar with the matter say the antitrust watchdog visited the federation on Monday to inquire about a case involving former minimum-weight world champion Katsunari Takayama.
On January 31, Kanjani8's Nishikido Ryo held a press conference for his movie 'Hitsuji no Ki' at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Yurakucho.
Nishikido greeted the press and introduced the film in English without using any notes. He said, "Thank you for coming today. I hope you enjoy the movie. Through this film, I thought about what I would do if a stranger came into my community. This film is entertainment, but it also has a social perspective. I hope it will make you think about depopulation and emigration."
KUMAMOTO--Kumamoto Prefecture has lifted the ban on overseas use of the Kumamon mascot design, sparking anger from local companies that want to keep the popular bear-like character for themselves.
Many companies say the original purpose of the mascot should remain the same: promoting the prefecture on the southern main island of Kyushu and its products.
Japan has quit the principal U.N. chats on setting up a bargain to boycott atomic weapons, deceiving its promise to fill in as a "bridge" between the atomic forces and non-atomic countries.
Taking the platform at the meeting that started in New York on March 27, Japanese demilitarization envoy Nobushige Takamizawa said Tokyo won't join the dialogs on grounds the settlement has no practical possibility of being considered important by the built up atomic powers.