Japan could become the world's third-largest gambling market if lawmakers pass a bill legalizing casinos. A drive to boost tourism – especially before the 2020 Olympics – is behind the move, but opponents worry about addiction and social ills.
North Korea said it would investigate what happened to Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago. Japan agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe is reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid.
AKB48 members Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei suffered hand and head injuries, and the male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday.