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 smoking rate for Japanese men stood at 29.7 percent as of May this year, slipping below 30 percent for the first time since the survey began in 1965, Japan Tobacco Inc. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Hiroshima Prefectural Police are searching for an assailant who stabbed a newspaper deliveryman with an ice pick in Hiroshima City early Wednesday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (July 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
Mass killings are rare in Japan. Guns are heavily restricted and almost impossible to come by outside of the closed world of yakuza gangsters: police recorded just a single gun fatality for the whole of the country last year. The weapon of choice on the isolated occasions when someone runs amok is usually a knife. (irishtimes.com)