Domestic sales at department stores in May rose 2.6 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, up for the first time in two months, due to strong sales of high-end watches and jewelry, an industry group said Wednesday.
Sales of art, jewelry and precious metals, which include high-end watches, jumped 23.3 percent, marking the strongest growth since comparable data became available in January 2007.
Record high temperatures for February were set in parts of central and western Japan on Sunday as warm air from the south moved in over the Japanese archipelago, pushing up temperatures and stoking strong winds across the country. (Japan Times)
Shopping patterns of Chinese visitors to Japan, known for "explosive buying," or "bakugai" in Japanese, showed signs of change during this year's Chinese Lunar New Year holidays that ended on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Dubbed the "Black Widow" after the mate-eating spider, Chisako Kakehi awaits trial: Initially arrested on suspicion of murdering eight lovers for insurance payouts, her case is notorious in Japan as much for its body count as the shortcomings of the investigation. (scmp.com)
The Kobe District Court on Friday sentenced the daughter-in-law of a woman, who is believed to have masterminded a series of murders in the western Japan city of Amagasaki, to 23 years in prison. (Japan Today)
Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelandic post-rock trio Sigur Ros were among acts named Friday to perform at the 20th anniversary of Fuji Rock Festival in July. (Japan Times)