The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the second straight month to 3.8 percent in July, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday.
The figure beat a median forecast of 3.9 percent by 24 economic institutes surveyed by Jiji Press.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said the ratio of effective job openings to job seekers stood at 0.94 in July after seasonal adjustment, up 0.2 point from the previous month. The gauge improved for the fifth consecutive month.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)