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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:06:51 +0900


Politics › Coordinator in post-retirement jobs denies taking any reward

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:15:48 +0900

A former education ministry official who has helped former public servants land post-retirement jobs at universities has denied receiving any reward in return. The 67-year-old former personnel section official in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology told Kyodo News on Saturday that he was introducing expected retirees…

Crime › Man arrested for killing girlfriend in love hotel

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:15:28 +0900

Police in Taketoyo, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old company employee on suspicion of killing his 18-year-old girlfriend in a love hotel. According to police, the suspect, Taiki Ueno, strangled his girlfriend Mitsuki Honda to death in a hotel room on Saturday afternoon. Fuji TV reported that a hotel employee…

Business › Nissan to review UK investment stance once Brexit terms clear

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:30:06 +0900

Nissan will review the case for future investment in Britain when the terms of the country's departure from the European Union finally become clear, the Japanese carmaker's Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday. Nissan said in October it was going ahead with plans to build the next X-Trail and…

National › Crane falls on building storing spent nuclear fuel at Takahama plant

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:30:01 +0900

A crane collapsed Friday night at the Takahama power station in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, damaging a building housing spent nuclear fuel, the plant operator said Saturday. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 9:50 p.m. near the plant's No. 2 reactor building, and although the roof…

National › Winter Games bosses look to remove APA books, porn from TV in its hotel rooms

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:55:29 +0900

Japanese organizers of next month's Asian Winter Games plan to create a "comfortable atmosphere" for visiting athletes by removing inflammatory war literature from hotel rooms -- and unplugging adult movie channels. One of Japan's largest hotel chains sparked an angry backlash from China this week after placing the book in…

Politics › Diet session opens with focus on U.S.-Japan ties, emperor’s abdication, Constitution

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:00:59 +0900

The position of the Japan-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of Japanese foreign policy and security is an "unchanging principle," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech Friday hours before the inauguration of the next U.S. president. Speaking in the Diet at the opening of a 150-day ordinary session,…

National › No. of suicides in 2016 drops below 22,000 for first time since 1995

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:15:35 +0900

The total number of suicides in Japan in 2016 dropped below 22,000 for the first time since 1995, according to a preliminary report issued by the National Police Agency (NPA) on Friday. The NPA said that 21,764 people killed themselves in Japan between Jan 1 and Dec 31 last year,…

Crime › Security camera footage helps spot suspects in over 10,000 crimes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:55:24 +0900

Japanese police used footage from surveillance or dashboard cameras to identify suspects in more than 10,000 criminal cases last year, provisional police data showed Thursday. The number of suspected violations of the Penal Code that came to police attention in 2016 fell below 1 million for the first time in…

National › Kin of Mt Ontake eruption victims to sue for damages

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:39:21 +0900

Some family members of victims who died or went missing in the 2014 eruption of Mt Ontake in central Japan plan to sue the central and local governments for failing to alert hikers properly, the families said. The families of five victims will demand 150 million yen in damages, arguing…

Politics › Diet heads call for party cooperation on abdication legislation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:00:57 +0900

The heads of parliament called Thursday for the cooperation of ruling and opposition parties in discussing legal pathways for Emperor Akihito's possible abdication, suggesting they intend to compile the Diet's view on the matter in early to mid-March. In a meeting with the heads and deputy heads of both chambers,…

Business › Mitsubishi Electric president vows to stop excessive overtime

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:03 +0900

The president of Mitsubishi Electric Corp pledged Thursday never to allow an employee to be forced to work excessive overtime, after the labor ministry referred the company to prosecutors last week in connection with a case. Mitsubishi Electric allegedly made the 31-year-old man work far longer than the maximum of…

National › 2 more nuclear reactors in Kyushu pass safety checks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:34:48 +0900

Two more nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan passed a key state safety assessment Wednesday, but uncertainty remains over whether operator Kyushu Electric Power Co will win local consent to bring them back on line amid lingering safety concerns. The Nos. 3 and 4 units of the Genkai plant in Saga…

Politics › Japan to press Britain, EU to limit Brexit fallout on Japanese firms

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:10:05 +0900

Japan will continue to press Britain and the European Union to limit the effect of Britain's exit from the bloc on Japanese firms, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday. Speaking after British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her plan for Brexit in a speech in London, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide…

Business › Yahoo Japan defies calls to rethink ivory sales

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:39 +0900

Yahoo Japan, the country's biggest online auction site, is rebuffing calls to end online ivory trading despite Yahoo Inc CEO Marissa Mayer's misgivings over facilitating a business blamed for the illegal slaughter of African elephants. Yahoo Japan doesn't accept that ivory sold on its platform - supposedly imported into Japan…

National › Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:50:19 +0900

Thousands of evacuees from Fukushima should keep getting free housing, supporters said Tuesday, as the local government readies to yank support offered after the nuclear accident. Some 27,000 so-called voluntary evacuees -- people who chose to leave their homes in the region after the 2011 accident due to safety concerns…

Politics › Emperor's abdication eyed for his birthday in 2018: source

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:35:30 +0900

The government has started to discuss a plan to arrange for Emperor Akihito to abdicate on Dec 23, 2018, which is his 85th birthday, and Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the throne on that day or the following day, a government source said Tuesday. The idea emerged a few hours…

Crime › Driver convicted over fatal accident linked to Pokemon Go

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:58 +0900

A 48-year-old crane truck driver was found guilty Tuesday by the Kyoto District Court over a fatal traffic accident linked to playing the popular smartphone game Pokemon Go. Hiroki Negami was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for five years, for negligence resulting in death for playing the augmented-reality…

National › 22nd anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:07 +0900

Events were held on Tuesday morning to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Prefecture. The earthquake, which struck at 5:46 a.m. on Jan 17, 1995, killed 6,434 people in Hyogo Prefecture and neighboring areas. A ceremony was held in Higashi Yuenchi Park in Kobe where…

Politics › Japan pledges patrol vessels, $1.1 bil aid for Vietnam

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:30:04 +0900

Japan pledged new patrol boats and $1.1 billion in aid to Vietnam Monday as part of a sprawling package targeting maritime and security affairs to bolster ties in the face of regional powerhouse China. Hanoi and Tokyo are locked in separate standoffs with Beijing over territorial claims in disputed regional…

National › Labor office summons Kansai Electric president regarding overwork suicide

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:10:33 +0900

Labor authorities have summoned the president of Kansai Electric Power Co to give guidance following the overwork-related suicide of one of its employees, amid government efforts to rein in excessive working hours. The Tsuruga Labor Standard Inspection Office handed a paper to President Shigeki Iwane on Jan 6 ordering the…