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.
The number of people aged 65 or older in Japan comes to a record 32.96 million as of Monday, accounting for an all-time high of 25.9 pct of the nation's total population, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimated Sunday. (Jiji Press)
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Saturday they are questioning a 44-year-old man over an incident on Sept 8 in which a visually-impaired high school girl was kicked in the leg from behind near JR Kawagoe Station. (Japan Today)
Police in Saitama said Friday they have charged a 67-year-old man with assault after he cut a 41-year-old woman with a pair of scissors during a failed robbery attempt in a building parking lot. (Japan Today)
Police say the former manager of actress Makiko Esumi, 47, claims he was not acting on her orders when he spray painted graffiti on the home of former baseball star and actor Kazushige Nagashima, 48. (Japan Today)