A man was sentenced to ten years in prison on Friday for severely assaulting a Toyota driver during an anti-Japan protest that broke out in Xi'an in September, according to a local court.
The court of Xi'an's Lianhu District upheld evidence that Cai Yang used a motorcycle lock to pound the head of the owner of a Toyota Corolla when he tried to stop Cai from smashing his car.
A video of Cai's assault went viral on China's social networking sites, sparking public outcry against the so-called "patriotic" violence that broke out during a wave of demonstrations against Japan's "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands.
Eight students in Osaka Prefecture suffered broken bones during a three-year period at a public junior high school while practicing or performing kumitaiso, the gymnastic formation known as a human pyramid. (Japan Times)
Satoshi Omura, a distinguished professor emeritus of Kitasato University, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with William Campbell for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites, Sweden's Karolinska Institute announced Monday. (The Japan News)
With the My Number law taking effect Monday, the government kicks off the controversial personal identification system to unify the administration of every resident's state services and records, and will start sending numbers out to tens of thousands of households. (Japan Times)
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)
Police arrested a former maintenance worker for Schindler Elevator KK on Saturday on suspicion of deliberately stopping one of the company's elevators near Tokyo and obstructing the company's business. (Japan Today)
A strong low-pressure storm with heavy winds and rains hit Japan from Thursday night to Friday, causing injuries, transportation disruptions, evacuations, blackouts and school closures mainly in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (Japan Today)