Russian authorities say they've requested administrative penalties for the skipper of a seized Japanese fishing boat that allegedly operated in Russian waters without permission.
Russian border guard officials said on Tuesday that they had filed the request at a court, alleging that the skipper was not carrying the necessary documents for operating in Russia's exclusive economic zone.
Japanese police are investigating mail containing what appears to be potassium cyanide sent to a total of nine entities, including pharmaceutical firms.
Envelopes containing white powder and threatening letters were delivered to drug companies in Tokyo and Osaka, a food firm in the northern city of Sapporo, and a Tokyo-based newspaper company on Friday. Investigators say some of the powders have been identified as potassium cyanide.
Sources say that top-division sumo wrestler Takanoiwa is likely to retire from sumo for his act of violence against an attendant.
Takanoiwa admitted that he committed the violence to a Japan Sumo Association inquiry on Wednesday. The wrestler told the association that he hit the attendant several times with his open hand and with his fist in a hotel room in the city of Yukuhashi in southwestern Japan on Tuesday night. He was staying at the hotel for a regional tour match. Takanoiwa did not take part in the tour after that.
The Japanese government says it's highly likely that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda has been released by militants in Syria.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday night that the Qatari authorities had informed Japan that Yasuda could be released by the end of the day.
People in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa are bracing for their second typhoon in under a week. The large Typhoon Kong-rey is packing quite the punch and will come close to the main island of Okinawa from Thursday night to Friday.
The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Kong-rey is heading north over the sea near the main island of Okinawa.
People in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa are bracing for their second typhoon in under a week. The large Typhoon Kong-rey is packing quite the punch and will come close to the islands Thursday night.
Officials are warning people to be ready for strong winds, high waves, mudslides and flooding.
A large and very strong typhoon is forecast to come very close to western parts of Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday. Weather officials are warning of strong wind gusts, high waves and heavy rains.
The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Trami was about 500 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island as of 3 PM on Thursday. It was slowly moving northwest.