The Okinawa prefectural government held a memorial service in Itoman attended by some 5,800 people on Sunday on the 68th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.
At noon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, heads of both chambers of the Diet, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima offered silent prayers for the war dead together with other participants in the ceremony held at the Peace Memorial Park in the city's Mabuni area, the site of the last bloodiest fight in the battle.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos joined the ceremony as the first U.S. ambassador to do so since the 1995 attendance by Walter Mondale.
North Korea took another step toward its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, with the range of the rocket launched Sunday estimated at up to 13,000km. (Nikkei)
The annual number of accidents during gymnastic formation performances has exceeded 8,000 for four years in a row since fiscal 2011 in primary, middle and high schools, according to the Japan Sport Council (JSC). (the-japan-news.com)
As if accommodating Chinese visitors on their usual shopping sprees weren't enough, major Japanese retailers are now actively working to lure this demographic to their storefronts for the Lunar New Year. (Nikkei)
The day before his arrest at his apartment for possession of stimulant drugs, former professional baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited a dealer in Gunma Prefecture, investigative sources revealed on Friday, reports Sports Hochi. (Tokyo Reporter)
The number of people charged with stimulant abuse in Japan tops 10,000 every year, and the number of such people aged 40 years or older has been increasing in particular, police said. (the-japan-news.com)