Japanese fighter jets have scrambled to track 2 Russian bombers that flew around the archipelago.
Defense ministry officials say radar picked up 2 Russian Tu-95 bombers as they flew south over the Sea of Japan on Friday morning off the southwestern island of Kyushu. They say the bombers next flew over the East China Sea around the main island of Okinawa then headed north over the Pacific off the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. They say the bombers did not enter Japan's airspace.
At least six researchers suffered internal radiation exposure this week due to an accident during an experiment related to elementary particles, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Saturday. (Jiji Press )
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday he will retract his remark suggesting that U.S. servicemen in Japan use the country's adult entertainment industry in order to prevent them from committing sex offenses against locals, adding that he will apologize to the U.S. people and military. (Kyodo )
Weather officials say the average density of carbon dioxide in Japan is rising above the international standard at all 3 observation points in the country.
Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. (NHK )
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )