Japanese rugby's governing body has decided to officially ask the national team's head coach, Jamie Joseph, to stay in the post after leading the side to the best eight in the World Cup for the first time ever.
The president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, Shigetaka Mori, told reporters that a panel made the decision on Thursday. The decision was reportedly unanimous.
A total of 4,249 people remain in evacuation shelters across 13 prefectures in Japan, indicating the scale of destruction left by Typhoon Hagibis last weekend.
The Cabinet Office said as of Thursday Fukushima Prefecture in the northeast had the highest number of evacuees, with 1,699 sheltering at 51 facilities.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says electricity has been almost completely restored throughout Chiba Prefecture more than two weeks after Typhoon Faxai caused widespread blackouts. But residents are still facing many challenges.
After TEPCO announced on its website on Tuesday evening that no households were still without power, some reported to the company that their electricity has not been restored due to damaged power lines.
Senior Foreign Ministry officials from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday to discuss the issue of wartime labor. After three hours of talks, they failed to narrow their differences.
Last year, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who say they were forced to work for the firms during World War Two.
Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.
NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai will continue on Wednesday in some areas near Tokyo.
TEPCO Power Grid President Yoshinori Kaneko offered an update early Wednesday on efforts to restore power to more than 448,000 households and businesses in Chiba Prefecture and 6,000 in Kanagawa.
Officials from Kyoto Animation say they have found data of some original anime images on a computer server that survived the deadly arson attack on its studio.
The animation studio lost a lot of material, including original stills of popular anime works that were drawn on paper, in the July 18 fire that killed 35 people.
The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have failed to narrow their differences over four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. But they agreed to continue negotiations.
Taro Kono and Sergey Lavrov met for about 90 minutes on Saturday in Munich, Germany, on the sidelines of a security conference. The ministers are in charge of negotiations on concluding a peace treaty that would include a solution to the islands issue.
Japan is considering whether to remain in the International Whaling Commission because of little prospect of being able to resume commercial whaling. The fisheries ministry wants to compile a rough plan on the issue by the end of the year.
The IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982. In line with this resolution, Japan suspended commercial whaling in 1988, and now catches whales purely for studies on whale resources.