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.
Internal information regarding JR Kyoto Station was made publicly accessible online when the station floor plans, revealing the locations of inactive gas fire extinguishing equipment, were posted on the Google Groups bulletin board service, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
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Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )