Former executives of Japan's once-high-flying internet firm Livedoor admitted on Friday to fraud allegations as they went on trial for a scandal that rocked Japan's financial and political circles. The four executives wore dark suits and looked humbly at the ground as prosecutors read charges of hiding financial losses.
It's been said laughter is the best medicine, but no one has yet proved it. Now a Japanese scientist is unlocking the secrets of the funny bone, which he believes can cheer up people's genes. Geneticist Kazuo Murakami has teamed up on the study with an unlikely research partner: stand-up comedians.
An ambitious Japanese-led project to dig deeper into the Earth's surface than ever before will be a breakthrough in detecting earthquakes, including Tokyo's dreaded ''Big One'', officials said on Thursday. The drilling vessel Chikyu is scheduled to collect the first samples of the Earth's mantle in human history.
Rescuers on Tuesday pulled three survivors and more bodies from the wreckage of a Japanese train as the death toll rose to 76, with a new derailment raising fresh safety concerns following recent rail privatisation. With hundreds of residents watching, rescuers squeezed into flattened carriages in a last effort to find survivors.
The blue-striped carriage lay wrapped around the edge of a nine-floor apartment building like a discarded sheet of plastic. Two other railway carriages were lodged underneath and against it as rescuers scurried around trying frantically to respond to cries for help.