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 male patient at a hospital in Yokohama who died on Tuesday could have been killed by poison that was slipped into his IV drip, police said, after three other elderly patients died in the same time frame. (Tokyo Reporter)
Japanese all-girl rock band BAND-MAID will be starting their 1st World Tour "BAND-MAID "Brand New MAID" Release Tour World Series" in just two weeks. The hardcore maids will be holding a total of nine shows in eight countries in South America, Europe and Asia. (Japan Today)
Chris Brown's been profiting off of his recent "This B***h Lyin" T-shirt sales after allegations of assault were flung at the singer late last month. And while the assault claims from the supposed victim are turning out to be very suspect, she may be getting the last laugh. (bet.com)
Japan is expected to come under unprecedented domestic pressure over its use of the death penalty when, for the first time, the country's legal community calls for its abolition next month. (theguardian.com)