Japan and Russia have unveiled details of a trial sightseeing tour to Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. The tour is planned as part of joint economic activities on the islands.
The 6-day tour starting on Friday will include visits to Kunashiri and Etrofu islands aboard a ship used in a visa-free exchange program.
Japanese officials are training to tackle a possible outbreak of mosquito-borne viral infections, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
About 160 officials from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Environment Ministry and other bodies took part in a drill on Monday in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in central Tokyo.
More than 2,000 people tested their skills at scooping up goldfish at an annual event in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday.
The event was held in the city of Yamatokoriyama, a major goldfish farming region in the country. Participants equipped with a paper scoop each competed to capture as many goldfish as possible in three minutes from a water tank containing about 1,000.
Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have arrived in the territory to visit the graves of their ancestors.
A group of 67 people, including government officials, left Nakashibetsu Airport in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido for the islands by chartered Russian plane before 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Police say a man suspected of an arson attack that killed dozens of people at an animation studio in Kyoto may have held a grudge against the firm.
Shinji Aoba allegedly started the fire at the Kyoto Animation studio on Thursday morning by pouring a flammable liquid at the entrance to the first floor and igniting it. The death toll has risen to 34.
A three-day event designed to allow participants to experience life in the aftermath of a mega-quake has been held in Tokyo.
The aim of the occasion was to provide food for thought to survivors of the disaster in three stages -- namely, seven days following the mega-quake, three months later and three years later.