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.
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)