Chief negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries effectively ended their Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks on Friday, hailing progress on many issues.
The weeklong round in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, was "successful in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to many issues and further narrowing the remaining work," the negotiators said in a joint statement.
They will next meet in Washington Sept. 18-21, according to Japanese chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka.
The government plans to set up public wireless local area networks at 30,000 locations nationwide, including tourist spots and evacuation facilities, by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (The Japan News)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, which has been a source of diplomatic friction between Japan and several of its Asian neighbors. (Kyodo)
A teacher who buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has been charged with violating the law on welfare and management of animals. (Japan Today)
Looking chipper, Paul McCartney arrived at Kansai International Airport here in a chartered plane on the morning of April 20 for the first time since the ex-Beatle canceled his entire Japan tour in May 2014 because of illness. (Asahi)
A man broke into an unattended "koban" (police box) at JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sunday night and smashed windows before mutilating both his cheeks with a knife, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
Police in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, are investigating the murder of an 84-year-old woman whose body was found in the Tatara River on April 15. She had a plastic bag over her head and a scarf pulled tightly around her neck when she was found. (Japan Today)