England and Japan have an equal number of institutions in the latest rankings of the top 100 universities in the world, while Israel is hot on their heels.
The Center for World University Rankings' (CWUR) annual league table, which was published on Tuesday, saw the US dominate with 57 institutions in the top 100, while England managed a meagre six - as did Japan. France followed closely with five, while Canada, Israel and Switzerland all had four of their institutions make the grade.
The CWUR's global university performance tables are the only rankings to measure the quality of education, training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions.
Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. (Japan Today)
Japanese searchers scoured thick forest Monday, looking for a seven-year-old boy whose parents left him in mountain woods as a punishment, in a case that has infuriated the public. (Japan Today)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to delay the planned consumption tax hike for 2-and-a-half years. But he vowed not to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election. (NHK)
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced Monday that the Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out of Kumamoto Prefecture, 1½ months after the area was hit by strong earthquakes. (Japan Times)
The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the Internet. (Japan Today)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are investigating a 29-year-old female sex worker already in custody for attempted murder in a separate case in which an acquaintance fell to her death from a bridge, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
Five men died and another man remains in a coma after the station wagon they were traveling in plunged into a dam in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. (Japan Today)
A taxi company was penalized on Tuesday over one of its drivers refusing to pick up a man and his guide dog because it would've made the seats "dirty." (Tokyo Reporter)
Experts investigating a jet that caught fire at Tokyo's Haneda Airport say some engine turbines were severely damaged.
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested two organized crime members for operating a grow house for marijuana in Soka City, reports TV Asahi. (Tokyo Reporter)
Hanako, Japan's oldest elephant who made headlines for spending most of her life alone in a concrete enclosure, died at 69 in Tokyo on Tuesday, NHK (May 26) reported. (Tokyo Reporter)
A utility knife sitting on the floor near an intoxicated man's bag caused quite a stir in a Tokyo subway station, NHK reported on Thursday (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
A Japanese man was arrested Wednesday in Thailand on suspicion of raping and sexually harassing a number boys aged between 13 and 15 in the country's northern province of Chiang Mai, investigators said. (Japan Times)
The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday handed an American male an 18-month prison sentence in the death of a woman in Miura City last July, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
A panel of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department came up with a report on Wednesday calling for legal regulations on the so-called JK business, in which high school girls offer such services as massage and dating. (Jiji Press)