Nara Buddhist Statue Cleaned Before Bon Festival

Nara Buddhist statue cleaned before Bon festival

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.

Arson Suspect Seen Carrying Gas Cans Before Attack

Arson suspect seen carrying gas cans before attack

Police in Kyoto say the suspect in Thursday's deadly arson attack had come a long way on foot, pushing a cart loaded with gasoline cans, before reaching the animation studio.

Shinji Aoba is suspected of setting fire to Kyoto Animation's No.1 studio, killing 34 people and injuring 34 others.

Police: Arson Suspect In Internet Cafe Days Before

Police: Arson suspect in internet cafe days before

Police have found that the suspect in Thursday's deadly arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto visited an internet cafe a few days before the incident.

Shinji Aoba is suspected of setting fire to Kyoto Animation's number one studio, leaving 34 people dead and 34 injured.

Kyoto Arson Suspect Seen In Vicinity Days Before

Kyoto arson suspect seen in vicinity days before

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.

Star Panda Meets Media Before 2nd Birthday

Star panda meets media before 2nd birthday

A popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been shown to the media before she turns two on Wednesday.

Xiang Xiang was the first baby panda to be born at the zoo in five years. She now lives separately from her mother. On Monday, reporters watched her climbing a tree and eating bamboo shoots.

Infiniti Qs Inspiration Shows Itself Before Auto Shanghai

Infiniti Qs Inspiration shows itself before Auto Shanghai

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.

Pilot Apparently Had No Time To Eject Before Crash

Pilot apparently had no time to eject before crash

The pilot of an F-35A fighter jet that crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Tuesday apparently had no time to eject before the crash.

Air Self-Defense Force officials say the F-35A stealth fighter is equipped with an emergency system that ejects pilots from the cockpit and allows them to parachute.

Woman Killed By Husband Before Divorce Mediation

Woman killed by husband before divorce mediation

A Japanese woman has been fatally stabbed by her husband when she was going to a court that would mediate their divorce settlement.

On Wednesday afternoon, police were alerted that a woman was stabbed at the entrance to the family court in Tokyo.

Kono: Nuclear Deal Before Us Election Desirable

Kono: Nuclear deal before US election desirable

Japan's foreign minister has expressed hope for reaching a nuclear deal between the United States and North Korea before the 2020 US presidential election.

Taro Kono was speaking to reporters on Friday ahead of the planned second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam.

Abe: Trump Teleconference Before Us-n.korea Summit

Abe: Trump teleconference before US-N.Korea summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to hold a telephone conference with US President Donald Trump before the second US-North Korea summit in late February.

Abe was speaking at an Upper House budget committee meeting on Wednesday, after Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress.