Japan's All Nippon Airways says it plans to revise a television commercial that drew objections over its portrayal of Caucasians.
A spokesman for ANA, Ryosei Nomura, said Monday the airline intended for the ad to encourage Japanese to be more international. But he said the carrier would change it after receiving negative comments and phone calls.
The ad pokes fun at the reserved image of Japanese as two characters discuss plans for more international flights out of Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. But it ends with one donning a long, pointy nose and blond wig apparently meant to portray a Westerner.
A Tokyo court sentenced former Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara on Tuesday to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs. (Japan Today)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are investigating a 29-year-old female sex worker already in custody for attempted murder in a separate case in which an acquaintance fell to her death from a bridge, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the Internet. (Japan Today)