Dozens of people are rescued from Japan's Mount Ontake following a volcanic eruption, with at least 30 feared dead. This is the first deadly eruption in Japan since 1991.
Egyptologists announce that radar scans indicate an empty space behind King Tutankhamun's tomb. British archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Reeves speculates if a second chamber exists, it could be Queen Nefertiti's long-lost burial place. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty says work inside the tomb will not begin until all the data from the radar and infrared devices are carefully analyzed by Japanese experts.
The United States reclaims its spot as the top export market for Japan as China slips due to economic slowdown. Japan's overall annual trade deficit meanwhile reaches 8.2 trillion yen, the highest on record.
Japanese Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii resigns at the age of 77 due to ill health. [http:--news.bbc.co.uk-2-hi-asia-pacific-8442743.stm (BBC)] [http:--home.kyodo.co.jp-modules-fstStory-index.php?storyid=478942 (Kyodo)]date=July 2019