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.
The Environment Ministry said Friday that it has punished a 71-year-old part-time worker at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park in central Tokyo for neglecting to collect entry fees from some non-Japanese speakers. (Jiji)
A male guest at a business hotel in Hakata Ward leaped from a room window after taking a female employee hostage on Wednesday morning, police said. The man is currently in critical condition, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
A guide dog user died after falling from a railway platform and being hit by a train in the city of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday, according to local police and the train operator. (the-japan-news.com)