The Japan Coast Guard suspects a jetfoil ferry boat collided with a whale. A crewmember claims to have spotted a large, white object in the water moments before impact.
The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon while the vessel was travelling from Niigata port to Sado Island. Eighty people were injured, 13 seriously.
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a probe detected extremely high levels of radiation inside one of the plant's damaged reactors.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, on Thursday released measurements of radiation levels and temperatures based on a survey of the No.2 reactor. It is one of the plant's three reactors that experienced a meltdown as a result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
YOKOHAMA--The Skywalk footpath beneath the Yokohama Bay Bridge will open as early as March for the first time in nine years in anticipation of increased visitors eager to watch cruise ships.
The city government intends to promote the observation deck as a sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and passenger vessels up close.
A public senior high school near Tokyo has apologized after sending the wrong entrance exam results to all 85 applicants for its physical education course.
Funabashi Municipal High School in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture, says the successful applicants got failure notices and the unsuccessful ones received acceptance letters.
Discussions are under way in Japan on whether to limit the number on pitches per pitcher in high school baseball games to try to prevent injuries.
An organizer in Niigata Prefecture on the Japan Sea coast announced in December that it plans to introduce a cap of 100 pitches, starting this coming season.
Due to the way smartphone platforms have been designed, it locks users in by tying their purchases to their accounts. This means that switching from iOS to Android and vice versa isn’t quite as simple or straightforward as switching shampoo brands. This is also why it’s not surprising to see that users are remaining loyal to their choice of platform.
In fact according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, it appears that loyalty rates to both iOS and Android are at an all time high. According to their data, Android loyalty is at around 92% and has marginally beat out Apple who is sitting at around 91%. CIRP also points at how this increased loyalty could also indicate longer upgrade cycles which could explain why devices like the iPhone aren’t selling as well anymore as more customers are holding onto their phones longer.
NHK has learned that a close aide to Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn told others that Ghosn might be ousted from Renault if his real income had been known.
Ghosn was arrested in Japan on Monday, along with another Nissan executive and Ghosn's close aide Greg Kelly. Ghosn is suspected of underreporting his compensation by a total of about 44 million dollars for 5 years until 2015.
Sony today announced the new Cyber-shot HX99. The company claims that it’s the world’s smallest travel high zoom camera. The zoom range of 24-720mm is said to be in the world’s smallest camera body of its kind. The camera is aimed at travelers or casual photographers and promises extensive functionality including the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-720mm high magnification zoom lens.