A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.
Crowds have crammed into Kishiwada City in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, to cheer on teams of men as they raced 4-ton festival floats through the streets.
The Kishiwada Danjiri festival began more than 300 years ago as an annual offering to the gods, held in the hope it would deliver a plentiful autumn harvest.
Workers began renovating Japan's Upper House to accommodate two new lawmakers who rely on large motorized wheelchairs.
Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura won seats in the July 21 Upper House election. Both represent a new party called Reiwa Shinsengumi. Funago has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, while Kimura can hardly move her limbs.
Wednesday marks one year until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with preparations for the event progressing on schedule.
Japan will welcome people from around the world from July 24 to August 9 next year for its first summer Olympics since 1964. Over the course of 17 days, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 339 events across 33 sports.
Japan's space agency says the Hayabusa2 probe has begun its descent onto an asteroid. It is attempting a groundbreaking mission to collect rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid.
At around 10:46 a.m. Japan time, the Hayabusa2 started its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters onto the asteroid Ryugu.
Official campaigning is underway in Japan's Upper House election set for July 21. It may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.
The ruling coalition consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito.