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.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)