Monday was Coming of Age Day in Japan. Municipalities across the country held ceremonies for those turning 20 years old.
Yokohama City, near Tokyo, saw about 36,000 hit that mark this year. That's the largest number among all municipalities in Japan.
The city had to hold 2 separate ceremonies, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, due to the capacity of the stadium being used.
Some 12,000 people turning 20, dressed in traditional kimono and business suits, took part in the morning session.
One university student, representing the 20 year olds, said that they are required to take more responsibility than ever. She pledged to exercise good judgment and strong willpower and will buy the best products for her kids.
In Osaka City, western Japan, a group of 20 year olds celebrated Coming of Age Day by climbing to the top of Japan's tallest building.
The 60-story commercial building Abeno Harukas is 300 meters. All 98 participants made it to the top within about an hour.
The United States, Japan and other countries surrounding North Korea are on high alert over the nation's provocative actions, including the possibility it would conduct its sixth nuclear test, as Tuesday marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to appoint Masayoshi Yoshino, a former State Minister of the Environment, as the new minister in charge of rebuilding areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, 23, will perform at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept 23 and 24. It will be Bieber's fourth concert tour in Japan and his first visit since last August. (Japan Today)
Despite the initial excitement among major financial institutions, the Bank of Japan's push for exchange-traded funds tracking companies that actively raise employee pay or invest in new equipment has run aground. (Nikkei)
Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/7. (Japan Today)
The labor ministry referred advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and three officials from its offices in Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto to prosecutors on Tuesday on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law by making employees work overtime beyond legal limits. (Japan Times)