Ocean research vessel Kaimei will join the search for a F-35 stealth fighter in northern Japan. The jet went down in waters off Aomori Prefecture on April 9.
Search operations for the pilot and most parts of the aircraft are running into difficulties as the ocean in the area is up to 1,500 meters deep.
About 3,000 foreigners working part-time at a Japanese restaurant chain are now members of a labor union formed by its employees.
The workers are employed by Hiday Hidaka Corporation. It operates 420 restaurants including the chain Hidakaya, which serves ramen noodles and Chinese dishes in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
More than 1,100 people from across Japan gathered in Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture, on Sunday to take part in a cycling event, the "Tour de La France."
The event is named after the world's top bicycle race, the "Tour de France." It is held every year in the northern Japanese city during the harvest season for "La France" pears.