An Education Ministry panel has come up with a basic plan for attracting top-class students to Japan from around the world.
The panel has been studying the issue amid intensifying global competition for talented students. University professors and members of economic organizations are among the panel members.
The panel decided to put emphasis on the fields of engineering, medicine, law, and agriculture.
According to the plan, study abroad coordinators will be placed in 9 regions, including Southeast Asia and Africa.
Princess Aiko, the daughter and only child of Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 14 on Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Japanese companies will check their employees' stress levels, starting on Tuesday, as part of efforts to prevent work-related mental disorders. (NHK)
A giant float from one of Japan's largest summer festivals has made its debut at the 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. (NHK)
Veteran Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki has died. He was known for works featuring "yokai" monsters and those depicting the misery of war. (NHK)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid flowers at a makeshift memorial Sunday in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, the deadliest site of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks. (Japan Times)
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
Two men assaulted the employee of a KFC store in Chiba Prefecture and stole 900,000 yen early Sunday morning, police said. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, marked his 80th birthday on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
When popular heavy rock band X Japan's leader stopped by a live house here two years ago, an employee who showed the musician around could not believe what he was hearing. (Asahi)
A Japanese firm has launched a service for single women where they can select a man to go to their house so they can enjoy a platonic sleepover.
Japanese authorities had arrested two Indonesians on suspicion that they had violated local laws on rifle possession and trading, an official said on Friday. (thejakartapost.com)
A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult has been released from detention after the Tokyo High Court acquitted her over a parcel bomb attack 20 years ago. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 24-year-old Brazilian male for forcing his former girlfriend into prostitution in November, reports NHK (Nov. 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)