The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Sekiwake Tochinoshin made it look even more likely that he would earn promotion to ozeki, beating No. 4 maegashira Chiyotairyu on Tuesday, to pick up his 10th straight win at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Only a small number of minpaku private lodging operators have registered as required under a new law.

FUKUOKA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Things are changing in the world of school uniforms, with students allowed to choose skirts or pants regardless of their gender. Schools are welcoming these moves, which are made out of consideration for transgender students, as well as overall needs for comfort and functionality.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government plans to develop a framework of “information banks” that store personal information such as online shopping and use of electronic money as early as autumn.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rose to 42 per cent, up three percentage points from 39 per cent in the previous survey, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey conducted from Friday through Sunday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - China imposes its political assertions on foreign companies, and if they do not comply, it retaliates against them. China should end this excessive censorship, which hinders free economic activities by the private sector.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Some so-called rainbow marks displayed mainly at public restrooms have been removed, although they were set up in consideration of members of the LGBT community.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Keio University senior Rina Watanabe has teamed up with another student for more than 100 manzai comedy performances at live shows, contests and other public events.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A young craftsman is polishing his skills in making Edo wazao traditional fishing rods, hoping to convey to modern-day Japanese their elegant style that has been passed down from the Edo period (1603-1867).

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Leaders from Japan and Pacific island nations and territories discussed two major themes at the recent Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting — how to deal with North Korea and how to promote mutual cooperation, particularly regarding Chinese maritime advancement.