Asian champions Japan left the Confederations Cup empty-handed after suffering their third defeat in as many games, a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez's two second-half headers doomed Japan, who finished last in Group A as the only team without a point and a minus goal difference of five.
Alberto Zaccheroni's side also lost 3-0 to Brazil in the opening match and Italy 4-3 on Wednesday. Brazil beat Italy 4-2 on Saturday to win the group and will face the runners-up of Group B in the semifinals.
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced. (Japan Times)