Japan's famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying climate change is the likely cause.
Takahiro Shibata's glasses are fogging up because of his face mask - a problem familiar to many spectacles wearers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Shimura, who attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital and died on Sunday, according to his agency, Izawa Office.
Abe and Trump held talks by phone for about 45 minutes from around 10am (0100 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. "Two leaders exchanged views on each country's COVID-19 situation, steps to prevent further spread of the virus, development of medicine."
A car horn beeps and the horror begins a bloody murder and rampaging zombies. But this drive-in haunted house in Japan protects against the most terrifying enemy of all -- coronavirus.
Kane Tanaka has extended her record as the world's oldest person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka in southern Japan.
In winter, when everyone is either sick or getting sick very fast, I like to make tori nabe, which is essentially the hot pot version of chicken soup.
A new study, which analysed the eating habits of more than 90,000 people, claims that consuming fermented soy products can reduce the risk of mortality.
Ejiro Miyako, an associate professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi, told the media he had been working on robotic pollinators for years but was disheartened when the toy drones smashed into flowers.