Sources: Sawajiri Admits Using Drugs For Years

Sources: Sawajiri admits using drugs for years

Investigative sources say Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri has admitted using other illegal drugs as well as MDMA for a long time.

Sawajiri was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of possessing the synthetic drug MDMA at her apartment in Tokyo. She reportedly told police she used the drug.

20 Years Since Deadly Tokai Nuclear Accident

20 years since deadly Tokai nuclear accident

Monday marks 20 years since a deadly nuclear criticality accident at a fuel processing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

At the time, it was Japan's worst-ever nuclear accident, leaving two workers dead.

5 Years After Eruption, Climbers Return To Ontake

5 years after eruption, climbers return to Ontake

Friday marks five years since Japan's deadliest postwar volcanic disaster occurred. Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted on September 27, 2014, leaving 58 people dead and five others unaccounted for.

Officials in the village of Otaki in Nagano Prefecture are holding a memorial service to mark the occasion. The village sits at the foot of the mountain.

Wrong Siberia Remains Unaddressed For 14 Years

Wrong Siberia remains unaddressed for 14 years

NHK has found that for at least 14 years, Japan's welfare ministry has not addressed suspicion over remains collected from the burial sites of Japanese people who died while in detention in Siberia after World War Two.

A delegation sent by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry recovered remains at two locations in Siberia in 2017 and 2018. NHK already learned that DNA analyses have suggested that the remains may not be of Japanese.

'osechi' Dishes For New Year's Already Announced

'Osechi' dishes for new year's already announced

The new year holiday season does not begin for another four months. But major department stores in Japan are trying to get a head start.

They have already announced their offerings of seasonal dishes called "Osechi." Families eat the traditional items together while ringing in the new year.

Japan Commemorates 74 Years Since End Of Wwii

Japan commemorates 74 years since end of WWII

August 15 is the day people in Japan commemorate the end of the World War Two and pray for peace. In Tokyo, thousands of people have gathered at a government-sponsored ceremony to remember those who perished in the war.

More than 6,000 relatives and others attended the annual event on Thursday to mourn about 3.1 million Japanese who died in the war.

Japan Marks 74 Years Since End Of Wwii

Japan marks 74 years since end of WWII

People in Japan are observing a solemn anniversary on Thursday. August 15 is the day Japan marks the end of World War Two and prays for peace.

A government-sponsored ceremony will be held in Tokyo to remember about 3.1 million Japanese who died in the war.

Nagasaki Marking 74 Years Since Atomic Bombing

Nagasaki marking 74 years since atomic bombing

Friday marks 74 years since an atomic bomb was dropped over Japan's western city of Nagasaki. At a memorial ceremony in the city, the mayor called on Japan's government to join a UN treaty on banning nuclear weapons.

The ceremony began at the city's Peace Park at 10:40 a.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended, along with survivors of the bombing, known as hibakusha. Families of those who died as a result of the attack also participated.

Nagasaki Marks 74 Years Since Atomic Bombing

Nagasaki marks 74 years since atomic bombing

Friday marks 74 years since an atomic bomb was dropped over Japan's western city of Nagasaki. At a memorial service in the city, the mayor will call on Japan's government to join a UN treaty on banning nuclear weapons.

The service will begin at the city's Peace Park at 10:40 a.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend, along with survivors of the bombing, known as hibakusha. Families of those who died as a result of the attack will also be at the service.

Former Pop Idol Publishes First Book In 39 Years

Former pop idol publishes first book in 39 years

A Japanese pop idol of the 1970s, Momoe Yamaguchi, has published her first book since she retired nearly four decades ago.

The former singer, who is now 60, gave up her career at the peak of her fame to marry actor Tomokazu Miura in 1980.