| Mar 23, 2015

USJ hits record-high visits

The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has hit an all-time high in fiscal 2014, the park operator said Feb. 20, thanks to the popularity of a new attraction based on the "Harry Potter" film series.

| Mar 2, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre fired over match-fixing

Japan manager Javier Aguirre was sacked by the Japan Football Association on Feb. 3 for his alleged involvement in a developing match-fixing scandal in Spain, with President Kuniya Daini saying that the timing was now or never ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup qualifiers.

| Jan 19, 2015

Obokata fails to create STAP Cells

The Riken research institute ended work on Dec. 19 to see if it could make so-called STAP cells, concluding that Riken researcher Haruko Obokata failed in experiments to produce the stem cells that she previously claimed to have created.