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.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida conveyed Tokyo's concerns over the situations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during their meeting in Beijing on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
In the latest development in the gambling scandal involving Yomiuri Giants players, the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday arrested restaurateur Satoshi Saito, 38, on suspicion of running gambling operations for the purpose of gain and former Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara, 25, on suspicion of assisting the operations. (the-japan-news.com)
West Japan Railway Co. opened the nation's largest railway museum to the public in Kyoto on Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
HAMBURG, Germany -- A giant cruise liner constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries opened its doors here Friday ahead of its entry into regular service. (Nikkei)
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 4.5 rocked southwestern Japan on Friday afternoon, registering upper 5 on the seismic intensity scale of 7 in Yufu, Oita Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
Police in Chofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 47-year-old part-time worker on suspicion of assaulting a 13-year-old girl as she walked home in February. (Japan Today)
The Osaka District Public Prosecutor's Office has filed charges of drug trafficking against a 40-year-old woman who left a large quantity of illegal drugs inside a fast-food outlet, reports the Asahi Shimbun (April 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
An increasing number of people are using the "furusato nozei" hometown donation program to support Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, which has been hit hard by a recent series of strong earthquakes. (Jiji Press)
Kanagawa Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide in an apartment in Kawasaki City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (April 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
This year's spring decorations will recognize 4,024 Japanese and 90 foreigners for their achievements in business, culture and the arts, the government said Friday. (Japan Today)
Police in Chiba City have charged a 29-year-old man over the murder of a 41-year-old woman who was found dead in her apartment on April 4. (Japan Today)
Police in Denenchofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law after he killed at least 10 stray cats. (Japan Today)
Dignitaries and celebrities joined Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the annual spring party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday raided the headquarters of a gang affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi over the alleged handling of illegal drugs, reports TV Asahi (April 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)