Police said Friday that a woman was found murdered at her home in Kagoshima.
According to police, the deceased, who has been named as 61-year-old Reiko Beppu, was found lying face-down at her home in Aira by neighbors at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. TBS quoted police as saying that Beppu had sustained multiple stab wounds to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)