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.
A top Japanese government spokesman says the online image and voice of Japanese captive Kenji Goto are likely authentic. (NHK)
Social media users around the world have deluged a special Facebook page calling for the safety of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held captive by the Islamic State extremist group, with selfies proclaiming "I AM KENJI." (Asahi)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday the arrest of a former organized crime member for the sale of stimulant drugs to musician Aska two years ago, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 26-year-old Osaka policeman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
Amazon Japan is "fully cooperating" with a police investigation into possible sales of child pornography, the local unit of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) said in an e-mailed statement. (Bloomberg)
Two children were killed after the car they were riding in with their mother was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Aomori City. (Japan Today)
The Islamic State beheaded one of the two Japanese citizens it has been holding, but signaled a potential willingness to negotiate over the fate of the other one - offering a tiny sliver of hope to a Japan reeling from shock and grief. (foreignpolicy.com)
Police in Chiba said Saturday they have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of poking a needle into bread at a convenience store on Jan 14. (Japan Today)
Police in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of killing his 73-year-old grandfather with whom he lived. (Japan Today)
The Public Security Examination Commission decided Friday to extend the surveillance period for two groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult for three more years. (Jiji Press)
A former senior Aum Supreme Truth cult member on death row testified about how the cult's leader ordered his followers to commit a series of deadly crimes, at the trial of a fellow former member at the Tokyo District Court on Friday. (The Japan News)
Police investigating the murder of a 64-year-old woman in Tokyo's Suginami Ward said Friday that her 38-year-old son apparently committed suicide in the mountains near Okutamamachi. (Japan Today)
A 7-year-old boy died after being buried in snow in Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 8-year-old son. (Japan Today)
The former AKB48 idol Anna Mori is crowdfunding her first photobook after recently turning 20 years old (the "age of majority" in Japan, similar to turning 18 in the U.S.) and quickly raised 2,000,000 yen (about US$16,957) with a little help from some unique backer rewards. Mori offered threedates for backers who paid 200,000 yen (US$1,695).