Police said Monday that the body of a newborn baby girl was discovered in a field in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the body was discovered at around 11 a.m. on a patch of disused land by a worker cutting grass. TBS quoted police as saying the infant was wrapped in a bath towel with her umbilical cord still attached. The grass obscuring the body was around a meter tall, investigators said.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)