Two Japanese saxophone players have won the top prizes at a prestigious competition in Belgium.
The Adolphe Sax International Competition is held every four years in the city of Dinant. The city is the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. This year, nearly 100 players from 19 countries competed.
A Chinese court sentenced a former Japanese politician to life in prison on Friday for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs.
Takuma Sakuragi, a former assemblyman of Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, was detained in October 2013 for allegedly possessing more than three kilograms of stimulants in a suitcase at an airport in the city of Guangzhou, southern China.
The Japanese embassy in Austria has withdrawn its recognition of a commemorative art exhibition in Vienna, explaining that it does not match the purpose of promoting bilateral friendship.
The exhibition has been held since late September as one of the programs to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Austria.
Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai has stepped down. He is the second Cabinet minister to resign in less than a week.
A weekly magazine alleges that Kawai's wife violated the election law during her successful run in this year's Upper House election. It says Anri Kawai made payments to campaign staff that exceeded the legal limit.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has visited Gifu Prefecture in central Japan to honor a late Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews fleeing persecution from Nazi Germany during World War Two.
Chiune Sugihara, a Gifu native, disobeyed instructions from Japan's government and issued transit visas for the Jewish refugees while working at the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during the war.
A team of researchers in Japan say their experiments have shown that Japanese monkeys are capable of cooperating with each other to obtain food.
Researchers at Osaka University's Graduate School of Human Sciences say cooperative food gathering behavior in Japanese monkeys had been considered unlikely because of the strict hierarchy in their societies. They say monkeys of higher rank usually attack lower-ranked members of the group to dominate food.