Battery developer wins Russian energy prize
Yomiuri -- Jun 23
Researcher Akira Yoshino was awarded Russia's 2013 Global Energy Prize on Friday in recognition of his work in the development of lithium-ion battery technology.

The award represents "an opportunity to spur cooperation and exchanges between Japan and Russia," Masaji Matsuyama, parliamentary senior vice foreign minister, said in a congratulatory message at an award ceremony in St. Petersburg on behalf of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Source: Yomiuri
Oct 20
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Oct 20
The bodies of a Japanese man and woman have been found on a popular Nepal hiking route that was engulfed by a blizzard last Wednesday. The death toll is now 39. (Japan Today)
Oct 20
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
Oct 17
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the autumn festival. (Asahi)
Oct 17
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)
Oct 17
A year has passed since a typhoon-triggered mudslide hit Tokyo's Izu Oshima island, killing at least 36 people, with three more yet to be found. (The Japan News)
Oct 16
Police in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 25-year-old man for inflicting serious injury on his 2-year-old son with an air gun. (Japan Today)
Oct 16
With an increase in sightings of venomous spiders in Tokyo, experts warn that the elderly and infants are most in danger if bitten. (Asahi)
Oct 16
A Japan Airlines flight had to return to Honolulu after a male passenger sexually assaulted a female passenger in the airplane's bathroom, the FBI said. (newsok.com)
Oct 16
A woman was found stabbed to death in her home in Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Oct 15
Tokyo's only rooftop Ferris wheel was on the verge of becoming the next in a long line of similar amusement park rides that have disappeared from department stores across Japan. (Asahi)
Oct 15
Tokyo Metro Co. and Urban Renaissance Agency said they will establish a new station on the Hibiya Line in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
On October 1, Hokkaido Prefectural Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for allegedly stabbing her mother and grandmother to death at the family's home in the town of Nanporo earlier in the day. (Tokyo Reporter)
Oct 15
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving two people dead, one missing and 96 injured even in 23 prefectures, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)