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Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:56:51 +0900


Politics › As Duterte embraces China, Abe set to roll out warm welcome

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:40:10 +0900

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans private personal meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo next week, three sources said, seeking to keep him onside with U.S.-led efforts to contain Beijing's South China Sea ambitions. With Duterte winding up a trip to China where he announced his "separation" from…

Politics › Koike to visit Fukushima in Nov to inspect rebuilding

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:30:49 +0900

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike will visit Fukushima Prefecture next month to inspect areas being rebuilt following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and also attend events toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the metropolitan government said Friday. Koike plans to meet with Fukushima Gov Masao Uchibori during the Nov 2…

National › M6.6 earthquake strikes western Japan; knocks out power, injures 20

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:24:10 +0900

A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least 20 people were injured, one seriously. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in Tottori Prefecture on the Sea of Japan…

National › 3 elderly people killed in car-truck collision in Akita

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:55:47 +0900

Two men and a woman in their 70s and 80s were killed Friday when the small car they were traveling in collided head-on with a truck on an expressway in Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture. According to police, the accident occurred at around 4 a.m. on the Nihonkai-Engan Tohoku Expressway. The three…

National › Worker engaged in nuclear plant restart kills himself due to overwork

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:57:35 +0900

A labor standards office has found that a Kansai Electric Power Co employee who logged hundreds of extra work hours pursuing approval to restart and extend the operating life of two aging nuclear reactors killed himself in April due to overwork, according to sources close to the matter. The employee…

Crime › Record number of minors fall victim to crime through SNS use

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0900

A record number of minors fell victim to crimes through the use of social networking services in the first half of the year, police data released Thursday showed. A total of 889 people under 18 had been victimized in the first six months, up 93 from the same period the…

National › Fukushima governor showcases post-2011 recovery efforts at U.N.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:20:22 +0900

The governor of Fukushima Prefecture took his message to the United Nations for the first time Wednesday, stressing how his region -- hard hit by the March 11, 2011 earthquake-tsunami and nuclear crisis -- is rebounding better than before and sharing lessons learned with the world. "The clocks in Fukushima…

Politics › China angered as Japan withholds UNESCO funding over history dispute

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:29:00 +0900

China said on Wednesday that Japan had acted irresponsibly by withholding its 2016 funding for the U.N. heritage body UNESCO in a row over how the 1937 Nanjing Massacre is remembered. UNESCO last year decided to include documents about the massacre in its "Memory of the World" program. Chinese Foreign…

Sports › S Korea surprised by 2020 Games venue relocation reports

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:40:55 +0900

South Korean sports officials voiced surprise on Wednesday at reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was considering moving some 2020 Tokyo Olympic events to the country. Japanese media outlets reported Tuesday that the IOC was looking at relocating the rowing and kayaking venue to the South Korean city of…

Crime › Woman arrested for stabbing 3 people in Chiba

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:55:20 +0900

Police in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 32-year-old woman on suspicion of injuring three people in an apparent random stabbing spree on Tuesday afternoon. According to police, the suspect, Yumi Uryu, stabbed a 51-year-old man in the back first and then two women, aged 28…

National › Wedding costs in Japan hit record high for 2nd straight year

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:45:19 +0900

The average cost of wedding ceremonies and receptions in Japan hit a record high in fiscal 2015 for the second straight year, Recruit Marketing Partners Co said Tuesday. The average cost stood at 3.59 million yen in the year ended in March, up 70,000 yen from the previous year, according…

Politics › 85 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:10:03 +0900

Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a controversial war shrine on Tuesday, in an annual pilgrimage that has angered China and South Korea, who see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's warring past. A group of 85 politicians arrived at the leafy Yasukuni Shrine in downtown Tokyo during a four-day…

Politics › Panel meets to study emperor's possible abdication

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:05:55 +0900

Experts on a government-commissioned panel held their first meeting Monday to study how to accommodate Emperor Akihito's apparent abdication wish, in a country where he is not supposed to say anything political. Unlike many European countries where abdication of kings and queens are relatively common, Japan's modern imperial law doesn't…

Politics › Japan denies discussing joint administration of disputed Russian-held isles

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:00:28 +0900

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that Tokyo was not discussing with Moscow the joint administration of disputed islands held by Russia in the hope of unblocking an issue that has bedevilled their relations for 70 years. The Nikkei business daily reported on Monday that Japan was considering…

Politics › TEPCO shares slump after anti-nuclear candidate wins Niigata election

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:36:55 +0900

Shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) fell 8% on Monday morning after an anti-nuclear candidate won an upset victory in a Japanese regional election, in a blow to its attempts to restart the world's biggest atomic power station and a challenge to the government's energy policy. The election of…

Crime › Japan to use automatic facial recognition to identify terror suspects

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:00:15 +0900

The Justice Ministry will start using an automatic facial recognition system at the nation's airports and seaports to better prevent terrorists from entering Japan. The new system, which goes into operation on Monday at 156 airports and ports across the country, will automatically compare the facial images of foreign nationals…

National › Excessive mercury found in air samples from new wholesale market

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:00:24 +0900

Mercury at 5 to 7 times the national air quality standard was found in air samples from the basement of a building at the wholesale market built to replace Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market, the metropolitan government says. An analysis of air samples taken in the basement of the fruit…

Sports › Koike visits alternative site for Olympic rowing/canoe events in Miyagi

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:10:12 +0900

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike on Saturday visited a boat race course in Miyagi Prefecture, a facility that has emerged as an alternative venue for the rowing/canoe sprint events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. "I will consider venues based on this visit," Koike told reporters after inspecting facilities at…

National › Koike to replace officials over Toyosu fish market scandal

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:15:37 +0900

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike will replace several ranking officials involved in the relocation of the Tsukiji wholesale market to a site lacking a sufficient soil barrier underneath the main structures to protect them from toxic contaminants. Ryoichi Kishimoto, 56, head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, will be replaced…

Crime › 8-year-old girl on bike killed after being hit by minibus

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:55:01 +0900

An 8-year-old girl riding a bike was killed after being hit by a minibus in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Friday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 6 p.m. at a crossroad with no traffic lights, Fuji TV reported. Police said the girl, identified as Jessica Yuki Kinjo, of…