Japanese emperor’s video message to be released this afternoon

The 82-year-old emperor is expected to convey his thoughts about his duties as the symbol of the state as stipulated by the Constitution in the video message to be broadcast at 3 p.m., according to the Imperial Household Agency.

Many Japanese were surprised recently by news reports that the emperor wishes to hand over the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, out of concern his advanced age could one day prevent him from fully carrying out his official duties.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating a Molotov cocktail attack at a festival on Sunday evening that left more than a dozen persons injured and the likely perpetrator unconscious following what is being viewed as a suicide bid, reports NHK (Tokyo Reporter)

Japanese Emperor Akihito will issue a rare video message to the public Monday afternoon to express his thoughts amid speculation he is considering abdicating. (Kyodo)

Ichiro Suzuki has gotten his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone. (the-japan-news.com)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a woman on Sunday for allegedly stabbing a woman in the back with a knife at a supermarket in Kawasaki City. (Tokyo Reporter)

The Japanese government has confirmed that China has installed radar equipment on one of the 16 gas drilling platforms it unilaterally built in the East China Sea. (NHK)

Japan’s Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador to the country over the intrusion of Chinese ships into Japanese territorial waters. (NHK)

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo’s Kokonoe stable. (Japan Times)

Despite years of public health campaigns, salt consumption in Japan has not decreased as expected, recent research shows. (Japan Times)

A famous statue of the Great Buddha in the ancient capital of Nara in western Japan has been cleaned up in an annual mid-summer ritual. (NHK)

Kosuke Hagino won Japan’s first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Games on Saturday night, beating fast-finishing American Chase Kalisz and countryman Daiya Seto in the men’s 400-meter individual medley. (Japan Times)

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