Japan's Emperor Akihito released his New Year's message on Wednesday. He reveals deep concern for people affected by the 2011 disaster.
The Emperor cited those who cannot return home due to radioactive contamination. He also mentions evacuees spending the severe winter in temporary housing.
The Emperor says many Japanese have faced difficulties and hardships in 2013. He hopes people will help each other. He adds that Japanese should work with others around the world to pursue peace and a better future.
Tokyo stocks plummeted on Monday, with the Nikkei index seeing its biggest points drop this year, as a Greek debt default looked likely this week following the collapse of eleventh-hour talks over the weekend. (Kyodo)
The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Monday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week confirmed that a body discovered buried in a cemetery in Kanagawa Prefecture is that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing two years ago. Police are now attempting to locate her son, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
Japan's traditional kendama ball-and-cup toy has been reborn as a new sport and is attracting attention around the world. Professional players demonstrate their highly sophisticated techniques on Internet video sites, and a world championship event was held last year featuring the first monetary prizes to be awarded for kendama in Japan. (The Japan News)
Police in Sapporo said Friday they have arrested an 18-year-old youth on suspicion of killing his 51-year-old father. - See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/18-year-old-youth-arrested-for-killing-father#sthash.HiHL4HwN.dpuf (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the filing of charges against seven male members of a high-end sports car club for exceeding speed limits and licensing violations, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 25). (Tokyo Reporter)