Japan should use more English in promoting its territorial claims to the Senkaku and Takeshima islands, a government panel said Tuesday.
A report from the panel concluded that the Japanese government is falling behind other countries in promoting its territorial claims to the Senkakus in the East China Sea and Takeshima in the Sea of Japan.
The government also lacks the ability to communicate effectively with the international community, the panel said.
A UNESCO panel has recommended that sites related to Japan's industrial revolution in the Meiji era should be put on the U.N. cultural agency's World Heritage list, the Japanese government said Monday. (Jiji Press)
In the geisha quarters of Kyoto's Miyagawacho, training to become a maiko requires around 10 months. During that time, all the young trainees sleep and eat with their proprietress and senior geisha, who are called geiko in Kyoto. Trainees are immersed in what they must learn to work in the geisha quarters. (The Japan News)
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)