Japan's Reconstruction Agency has punished a senior official for slanderous tweets on a group and a lawmaker that he had dealt with in his capacity as an agency official, Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto said Friday.
Agency counselor Yasuhisa Mizuno, 45, will be suspended from work for 30 days, effective the same day. Nemoto will voluntarily return one month's salary.
Grand champion Hakuho defeated his Mongolian compatriot, Harumafuji, on Sunday to win his 30th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, edging closer to the all-time championship record in Japan's ancient sport.
The city government of Satsumasendai and Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday provided residents near the Sendai nuclear power station with iodine preparations in case of an accident at the plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508>. (Jiji Press)
The results of a poll to pick the 16 singers who will perform on the next single by SNH48, the Shanghai-based sister group of the hugely popular all-female pop group AKB48, were released over the weekend at an event that drew more than 3,000 fans. (Japan Times)