New volcanic island forming in Japan
A new volcanic island is being born off the coast of Japan near the Nishino-shima volcanic island.

The eruption was first spotted by Japanese navy on Wednesday morning at 10:20 (local time) who documented surtseyan activity at the eruption site (explosive interaction of sea-water and lava, generating violent jets of steam and ash).

It appears that the eruption has already built an island of about 200 m diameter in size, which suggests that the vent was already located in very shallow waters. A small steam and ash plume rising to about 2000 ft (600 m) was reported by VAAC Tokyo. The last known eruption of the volcano occurred in 1973 .

小笠原諸島・西之島近くで、新しい島が誕生する可能性があることを受けて、小笠原村で­は、新しい島の観光の目玉になることを期待して、村民の意見を集約したうえで、議会で­島の名前を決めることにしている。

Apr 19
A British couple who tied the knot at a Kyoto shrine have become the first to receive a memorial marriage certificate from the city, under a newly created program to attract more foreign visitors. (Asahi)
Apr 19
Police in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward said Saturday they have arrested a 21-year-old university student on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl. (Japan Today)
Apr 18
Japan's government says the country's population continues to decrease and become grayer. (NHK)
Apr 17
Investigators have found 7.85 million passwords, credit card numbers and other pieces of stolen personal information on an Internet server seized last year from a Tokyo-based firm that provided proxy servers for Chinese users, Tokyo police said Friday. (Japan Times)
Apr 17
Time magazine has named two Japanese among its list of the world's 100 most influential people of 2015: novelist Haruki Murakami and Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant whose book introducing her art of tidying up became a best-seller. (NHK)
Apr 18
Police in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, are investigating the murder of an 84-year-old woman whose body was found in the Tatara River on April 15. She had a plastic bag over her head and a scarf pulled tightly around her neck when she was found. (Japan Today)
Apr 17
A 58-year-old man working at a sewage plant in Tokyo fell into a giant 17-meter deep tank on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
Apr 17
A dead cat was found on a street in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Wednesday. It follows the discovery of another dead cat in the grounds of a nearby school on April 9, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Apr 17
Police in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 32-year-old man on charges of abandoning a corpse. (Japan Today)
Apr 17
A movie by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has been shortlisted in competition for best picture at the Cannes International Film Festival in France. Cannes is one of the world's 3 major film festivals. (NHK)
Apr 16
Police have arrested a 33-year-old Yokohama man on suspicion of threatening to kill his former girlfriend in a series of messages on the LINE app. (Japan Today)
Apr 16
Japanese police say vandalism at temples and shrines with oil-like liquid has spread further. They say they are stepping up their investigation. (NHK)
Apr 16
Gone are the days when a few strategically-placed tissues was all you needed to give cleavage a boost - now Japanese women are using ribbons. (dailymail.co.uk)
Apr 16
Police in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Thursday they are questioning a 36-year-old man over an incident on Wednesday morning in which a 47-year-old man was shot in the calf by an arrow from a crossbow as he was riding his bike home. (Japan Today)
Apr 16
The Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department said Wednesday that its emergency 119 line was down for about four hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. It was the second time in two months that the 119 had been inaccessible. (Japan Today)