Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Minamata in Kumamoto Prefecture for the first time ever on Sunday, offering flowers to the monument to Minamata disease victims and talking with patients of the disease caused by the exposure to dumped mercury more than a half century ago.
Built in 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of the government's official recognition of Minamata disease, the monument contains a name list of 375 people who died of the pollution disease.
The imperial couple visited the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum to watch exhibits and met with Masami Ogata, 55, head of a group of Minamata disease storytellers, to listen to stories about struggles sufferers of the mercury poisoning had before winning official certification as victims of the pollution caused by chemical maker Chisso Corp.
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of murder after his elderly neighbor was found stabbed to death, possibly the result of a feud over a pet dog, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart, Theresa May, agreed at a meeting in London on Friday that their countries will work together to promote free trade at a time when protectionist moves are growing in the world. (Jiji)