Remains Of Japanese War-dead Cremated In Sakhalin

Remains of Japanese war-dead cremated in Sakhalin

The remains of seven people discovered in Russia's Far East have been determined to be those of Japanese war-dead and were cremated in Sakhalin.

The latest survey, conducted by Russia from last year, searched for the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the Far East in World War Two.

Noguchi Named 1st Japanese To Carry Olympic Flame

Noguchi named 1st Japanese to carry Olympic flame

Olympic gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi will become the first Japanese runner of the torch relay for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Games' organizing committee announced on Monday that it has chosen Noguchi, the winner of the women's marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Japanese Win Top 2 Prizes At Saxophone Contest

Japanese win top 2 prizes at saxophone contest

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.

Japanese Gets Life In China For Drug Smuggling

Japanese gets life in China for drug smuggling

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.

Japanese Embassy Pulls Approval For Art Exhibit

Japanese embassy pulls approval for art exhibit

The Japanese embassy in Austria has withdrawn its recognition of a commemorative art exhibition in Vienna, explaining that it does not match the purpose of promoting bilateral friendship.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.

Japanese Justice Minister Resigns

Japanese justice minister resigns

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.

Egyptian Judoka Receives Japanese Decoration

Egyptian judoka receives Japanese decoration

Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan has received a Japanese decoration for his contribution to Judo.

Rashwan faced off against Japan's Yasuhiro Yamashita in the judo final in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since he did not attack Yamashita's injured leg, he was praised for his fair play.

Japanese Industry Minister Resigns

Japanese Industry Minister resigns

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accepted his Industry Minister's resignation. It comes after a report alleged Isshu Sugawara's office gave money and gifts to some of his constituents.

The allegation surfaced in a weekly magazine.

Lithuanian President Honors Late Japanese Diplomat

Lithuanian president honors late Japanese diplomat

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.

Rare Cooperation Observed Among Japanese Monkeys

Rare cooperation observed among Japanese monkeys

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.

Guests Enjoy Japanese Cuisine In Court Banquet

Guests enjoy Japanese cuisine in court banquet

International guests at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony have been served Japanese cuisine at a court banquet.

The first of four "Kyoen-no-gi" banquets started just after 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday at the Imperial Palace.