Japan seal World Cup berth, South Korea made to wait

The Bosnian took a gamble by leaving Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa on the bench but the experienced trio were not required as Takuma Asano and 21-year-old Yosuke Ideguchi sealed his team’s place at the 2018 finals in Russia.

The win means Japan will finish top of Group B in Asia’s qualifying tournament while the Australians need to defeat bottom side Thailand on Tuesday and hope Saudi Arabia do not beat the Japanese to guarantee an automatic slot.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart, Theresa May, have released joint statements on security and economic cooperation after their talks in Tokyo. (NHK)

Japan handed Australia a 2-0 defeat on Thursday (Aug 31) that sealed the nation’s sixth straight qualification for the World Cup finals and brought praise from coach Vahid Halilhodzic who heralded his young players’ performance. (straitstimes.com)

Japanese government and business leaders urged Britain on Thursday to minimize the negative impact of the country’s exist from the European Union, or Brexit. (Jiji)

The premium rate for the “kosei nenkin” pension program for corporate employees will be increased from 18.18 pct to 18.30 pct on Friday, reaching a limit set under a 2004 reform by the Japanese government. (Jiji)

Police divisions from Tokyo and Ibaraki Prefecture on Wednesday announced the arrest of five persons, including an organized crime member, and seizure of more than 30 billion yen in stimulant drugs in the bust of a suspected trafficking ring. The seizure is the largest confiscation nationwide this year, police said, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)

Ammunition and a hand grenade were found in garbage brought into a waste-processing facility on the island of Amami Oshima last week, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

A Kyoto University research team said that it has confirmed the safety and function of cells produced from human induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells that were transplanted to monkeys exhibiting a model of Parkinson’s disease. (Jiji)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart Theresa May held unofficial talks in Kyoto on Wednesday. She arrived in Japan earlier in the day. May is visiting the country for the first time as prime minister. (NHK)

Investigative sources with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed on Wednesday that security camera footage shows a man suspected in the murder of his 26-year-old former girlfriend carrying a suitcase, possibly containing her body, out of the residence they shared, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

New “shachihoko” ornaments for the towers of Kumamoto Castle in the southwestern Japan city of Kumamoto went on display Wednesday at a tourist facility near the castle, which was heavily damaged by powerful earthquakes in April last year. (Jiji)

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