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.
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)