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.
After a week of speculation, law enforcement said on Tuesday that Japan's largest crime syndicate has chosen to expel 13 affiliate groups, a move that essentially results in the dissolution of the gang, reports the Kobe Shimbun (Sep. 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
Kenjiro Sano, whose logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scrapped Tuesday, stood by his design but said he decided to retract the logo because he felt his design did not have the support of the public and was marring the image of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
South Korea on Tuesday demanded that the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun delete an online column that likens President Park Geun-hye to the Joseon dynasty's Queen Min, who was assassinated by Japanese. (Japan Times)
Chiba Prefectural Police on Wednesday busted a hostess club in Chiba City for licensing violations, with the business being a source of revenue for organized crime, reports TBS News (Sep. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
HIROSAKI, Aomori - The tower of Hirosaki Castle, a state-designated important cultural asset, is being towed dozens of meters away from its original location as part of a project to repair its stone walls. (The Japan News)