The Japanese director of the acclaimed World War II prison camp drama Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Nagisa Oshima, has died, his son says. He was 80.
Oshima, who had a critical hit with the controversial erotic work In the Realm of the Senses which famously contained unsimulated sex scenes, had been ill for some time.
Oshima's cinematic career began in earnest in the 1960s with a series of films with political themes, establishing his reputation as a serious director.
Many of his works tackle issues surrounding discrimination or exploring the boundaries of social acceptability.
It was into this latter category that In the Realm of the Senses fell in 1976. The sexually explicit portrayal of an affair between a prostitute-turned-hotel worker and her boss was based on a true story.
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested four individuals in Ebina, in connection with a robbery case in which a pregnant woman on her way home was struck in the face and robbed of approximately 100,000 yen in cash. (Japan Today )
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com )
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press )