Battleship Island (aka Gunkanjima aka Hashima Island), the deserted city lair of James Bond villain Silva in Skyfall will no longer be a mystery to the world thanks to the Street View team's Trekker backpack device.
The mapping expedition took roughly two hours to complete using the 42-pound Trekker backpack which contains a 15-camera array that records images every 2.5 seconds, giving the wearer a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding terrain.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started freezing soil at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in trial operations for an underground wall aimed at preventing groundwater from flowing into the damaged reactors and becoming radioactive. (Asahi)
A suicide attempt by a 33-year-old Korean male on Saturday lead Tokyo Metropolitan Police to the discovery of his girlfriend's body inside a hotel room in Minato Ward, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 1,300-year-old "mokkan" wooden tablet found in the remains of Heijokyu palace with an inscription of "Narakyo (or Naranomiyako)" proves that the Nara name has been used since the ancient capital of Japan was established here in 710, researchers say. (Asahi)
A Thai inquest into the death of a Japanese cameraman during a military crackdown five years ago against protesters ended inconclusively Thursday with the court unable to decide who fired the fatal shot. (Japan Today)
The Tokyo District Court on April 30 sentenced the last Aum Shinrikyo member on the most wanted list to an indefinite prison term for a number of crimes, including the 1995 nerve gas attack in the capital. (Asahi)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Every week, a woman prays in front of the rusted skeletal framework of a building that once housed this town's disaster response center, the site where her husband was swept away by the 2011 tsunami. (Asahi)
A team of Japanese rescue workers on Wednesday are stepping up their search operations in Durbar Square in central Kathmandu, a day after arriving in the capital to look for survivors of Saturday's deadly earthquake. (Japan Times)