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 husband of a 33-year-old woman who was murdered by her former boyfriend in 2012 this week filed a suit against the Zushi city government for giving information on his wife's address to a private detective who then gave it to the killer. (Japan Today)
A comical yet sharp-tongued video created by a Japanese railway operator aimed at improving passenger manners is rekindling a debate on whether it is appropriate to apply makeup in trains. (Japan Today)
There have been a number of errors in a Japanese interpreter's translations of testimony by three Indonesians in the trial of a former Japanese Red Army member over the 1986 attack on the Japanese embassy in Jakarta, Tokyo District Court confirmed Thursday. (Jiji)
A court ordered Ishinomaki City and Miyagi Prefecture on Wednesday to pay roughly 1.4 billion yen ($13.4 million) in damages to the families of 23 elementary school students killed by the tsunami that followed a major earthquake in northeastern Japan in 2011, judging the city-run school failed to evacuate the children appropriately. (Kyodo)
A 50-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly abandoning the body of his 24-year-old former girlfriend, who went missing last month after telling police that she was being stalked, police said.