A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs.
The internal affairs ministry estimates that, as of Sunday, the elderly population stood at 35.88 million. That's up 320,000 from last year. Monday is the Respect for the Aged Day national holiday.
Japan's Naohide Yamaguchi won gold and set a new world record in his category for the men's 100 meter breaststroke at the World Para Swimming Championships.
In the final in London on Wednesday, 18-year-old Yamaguchi put in a dynamic performance, making full use of his 1.87-meter-tall frame. He finished with a time of 1 minute 4.95 seconds.
Volunteers have gathered in four cities and towns in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan, to join a clean-up effort after record rain deluged homes and businesses.
In Takeo City, people began signing up at a disaster volunteer center from 9 a.m., and were soon helping residents pull damaged tatami mat flooring and furniture out of homes.
Japan's Defense Ministry has released its largest-ever budget request for next fiscal year, partly to finance the launch of a space monitoring unit.
The ministry decided at a meeting attended by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Friday to request about 5.3 trillion yen, or about 50 billion dollars, for fiscal 2020, which starts next April. The figure is up 1.2 percent from this year's budget.
The average life expectancy reached a record high for both male and female Japanese people last year. It was more than five years longer than in 1989, the year the three-decade Japanese era of Heisei started.
Japan's health and welfare ministry says the average lifespan last year was 87.32 years for women and 81.25 years for men. Both marked a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive year.
Police say the man suspected of causing the fatal fire at an animation studio in Kyoto is Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old resident of Saitama City, near Tokyo.
Investigative sources say the man used to live in Ibaraki Prefecture. He was indicted in 2012 for a convenience store robbery and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in June marked a record high for the month. Tourism officials point to more travelers from mainland China mainly due to the easing of visa requirements.
The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that 2.88 million foreigners visited Japan last month. That's up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.