A deadly collision between a truck and commuter train in Yokohama, near Tokyo, was caught on camera. Investigators say footage taken at the scene Thursday shows the driver struggling with his truck's steering wheel before entering the railway crossing.
The 67-year-old driver was killed when the express train smashed into his truck. Thirty-four others were injured.
A 4-year-old girl who died after a suspected assault case in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan was often seen walking alone and uncared for on the streets long before her death.
Shun Hiwatashi, boyfriend of Riara Otsuka's mother, was arrested on suspicion of hitting the girl in the head last week. The 21-year-old construction worker lived with the mother and the girl in the city of Izumi.
Small retailers in Japan are scrambling to replace their cash registers, in the lead-up to a hike in the consumption tax.
Stores will need models that can handle two different tax rates to be introduced from October 1. Shoppers will be charged 8 percent for food and non-alcoholic beverages and 10 percent for other items. Large retailers like convenience stores don't need to make the switch, as they do their transactions online. But many small businesses have to adapt.
The Great Buddha statue in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan, has undergone its annual cleaning ahead of the midsummer Bon Festival.
The 15-meter-high statue at Todaiji temple is dusted off every year on August 7. The cleaning is designed to prepare for the festival, when people pay respects to their ancestors.
Investigators say the suspect in a deadly arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto may have been in the area a few days earlier, possibly waiting for a chance to set the fire.
They say 41-year-old Shinji Aoba is thought to have visited a store near Kyoto Animation after he arrived in the city. They believe he purchased containers to carry gasoline.
Infiniti's shown off a bit of the Qs Inspiration concept before debuting the creased contrivance at Auto Shanghai next week. The concept serves a few purposes, the first to reimagine a future for sports sedans on a planet of crossovers and SUVs. The result blends a fastback with high sides that connect low ground clearance below and an elevated seating position above.
The Japanese luxury maker is all about sedans, the Qs Inspiration signaling how a carmaker watching the bottom line can maintain its interest in the passe bodystyle. The concept previews a production model, and perhaps the design language and lingo we'll see spreading through the range.