Chinese-affiliated low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Japan said Friday that it will postpone until Aug. 1 flights on three routes linking Narita Airport with Saga, Hiroshima and Takamatsu. (Nikkei)
A Japanese transport ministry panel said Friday that it is possible to increase the total annual number of arrival and departure slots at two international airports in the Tokyo area by up to 79,000 from the current level of 717,000 in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jiji Press)
Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital gave 63 children a powerful anesthetic over a five-year period through 2013 that was banned for use with children, the university said. (Japan Times)
Following a stabbing last month in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefectural Police are intensifying control over the Kudo-kai organized crime group, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (June 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
One of the most widely practiced sects of Buddhism in Japan has held a rare succession ceremony of its chief priest at its Kyoto temple. (NHK)
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted, spewing a huge column of smoke into the sky. (NHK)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Abe arrived in Italy late Thursday after attending a Group of Seven summit meeting in Belgium. He traveled to the Vatican on Friday for a half hour meeting with the pontiff. (NHK)