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.
UNESCO announced Saturday that it has added two items recommended by Japan, including Return to Maizuru Port, or documents related to Japanese troops and civilians who were interned in labor camps in Siberia after the end of World War II, to its Memory of the World Register. (Jiji Press)
Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki asked his advisory panel Friday to review measures proposed by experts to toughen rape penalties. (Kyodo)
Three people died in a fire Thursday night that burned down a two-story building housing a maid cafe in Hiroshima, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
A typhoon downgraded to a powerful storm is hitting Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. It has killed one person and wounded 8 so far. (NHK)
Police arrested on Thursday Nakada Ludena Vayron Jonathan, a 30-year-old Peruvian man, on suspicion of killing a couple in their 50s in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 27-year-old woman for dumping the body of her newborn baby in Shinjuku Ward, reports TBS News (Oct. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police this week busted two hostess clubs featuring Thai hostesses for immigration violations, reports Fuji News Network (Oct. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
Law enforcement believes a shooting incident in Iida City is directly related to the recent dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group, reports TBS News (Oct. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
Police in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, have arrested a 15-year-old junior high school student on suspicion of attempted murder after he strangled his 4-year-old sister at home. (Japan Today)
Tokyo police found there were at least 10 suspicious phone calls in the Japanese capital linked to the My Number 12-digit identification number system for social security and tax this month, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
Child welfare authorities dealt with nearly 90,000 child abuse cases in the fiscal year ending March, a government survey showed Thursday, with experts blaming the record-high figure on increased poverty and the isolation of some families. (Japan Times)
Nagano Prefectural Police announced on Wednesday that a member of a newly formed organized crime group who had been shot at a hot springs resort in Iida City has died, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 27-year-old former Osaka policeman was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the Osaka District Court on Tuesday for murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend in January this year. (Japan Today)
Niigata Prefectural Police on Tuesday raided headquarters of the troubled Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group as a part of an investigation into a baseball gambling case, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
A raccoon that was spotted on a roadside in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Sunday evening was caught about an hour and a half later after causing some commotion in the area, police said. (Japan Today)