The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan regards former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa as the most favorable candidate for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election, party members said Thursday.
The DPJ is reviewing its campaign strategy after calls grew within the party to back former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, a potential contender in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election. The party leaves open the option of supporting Masuzoe if Hosokawa does not run, the members said.
"He has started to seriously think about the matter," Hosokawa's wife Kayoko told Kyodo News on Thursday, adding that the former prime minister has a "fifty-fifty chance" of running in the election and that his decision will come out in "a few days."
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
Being the unofficial patron saint of "natto" has proven to be sticky for Nebaaru-kun. The private-sector mascot for Ibaraki Prefecture was largely unknown until its appearance on TV last year, generating a buzz on the Internet with its eerie movements and high-pitched voice. (Asahi)