Tokyo Disneyland apologizes for Minnie Mouse skirt-lifting incident

TOKYO, Dec 09 (Kyodo) - The operator of Tokyo Disneyland on Friday apologized after clips of Minnie Mouse having her skirt lifted by another character during a recent Christmas parade went viral on social media, with some harshly criticizing the gesture as sexual harassment.

The parade on Saturday saw a reindeer lift Minnie Mouse's skirt while she was on a float at the theme park, located just east of Tokyo, although Disneyland's operator, Oriental Land Co., declined to answer whether the move was choreographed or improvised. ...continue reading

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan are making arrangements to visit Ishikawa Prefecture late next month to console the victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake.

A film director arrested for sexually assaulting a woman aspiring to be an actress under the guise of acting instruction reportedly told her that "sometimes you have to be naked to appear in movies," according to investigative sources.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of its establishment, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched a special exhibition at the Police Museum, showcasing items such as Japan's first wooden license from the Meiji era.

For the 150th "Miyako Odori," a spring tradition in Kyoto's Gion district, geisha and maiko have been fitting their costumes.