Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who in 2012 became the first Japanese beauty queen to win the Miss International contest, has reached a settlement with a major talent agency executive she had sued for harassment and stalking.
The executive had meanwhile filed a countersuit against Yoshimatsu, 28, for defamation.
In a recent blog post, Yoshimatsu thanked the people who supported her in her legal battle. She wrote that she had reached a settlement but did not go into specifics.
According to media reports, the settlement reached early this month is centered on Yoshimatsu's retraction of all the accusations against the executive - that he inflicted physical violence on her, obstructed her career and blackmailed her family members.
A 27-year-old man who threatened an employee of a parcel delivery company with a chainsaw and uploaded the video of it on YouTube last December was found guilty and handed an 18-month sentence suspended for three years by the Tsu District Court in Mie Prefecture on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
The government is leaning toward using the historical title of "joko" for Emperor Akihito after his abdication as it was proposed Wednesday by scholars on a government advisory panel studying issues regarding the abdication, according to government sources close to the matter. (Japan Today)
Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death, as sought by public prosecutors, for fatally stabbing a total of five men and women in Awajishima, an island in the western Japan prefecture of Hyogo, in March 2015. (Jiji)