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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:40:38 +0900


National › 7 students, 1 teacher dead after avalanche in Tochigi; 40 injured

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:30:51 +0900

Seven students and one teacher were confirmed dead after their group was caught in an avalanche Monday morning during a springtime climbing lesson on a ski slope in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture. At least 40 other students and teachers were injured in the avalanche that hit the group in the morning…

Crime › Girl's body likely left near ditch after she was killed elsewhere: police

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:55:46 +0900

An autopsy indicated that the 9-year-old girl whose naked body was found near a drainage ditch in Chiba Prefecture likely died of suffocation, police said Monday. The police also believe the body of the Vietnamese girl, Le Thi Nhat Linh, was dumped where it was found Sunday morning in Abiko…

Crime › Missing 9-year old Vietnamese girl found dead in Chiba

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:00:23 +0900

A 9-year-old Vietnamese girl, who had been missing since Friday, was found dead in a grass field near a drainage ditch in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday, police said. The naked body of Le Thi Nhat Linh, a third grade elementary school student, was found at around 6:45 a.m. by…

Crime › Murder suspect extradited from Argentina

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:30:47 +0900

A 44-year-old Japanese man who has been on the international wanted list in connection with the murder of a Chinese woman in Japan in 2010 has been arrested after he was extradited from Argentina, police said. The suspect, Tomoyasu Takiya, was arrested upon his arrival at Tokyo's Haneda airport late…

Crime › No violator punished under antismoking ordinance launched in 2010

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:31 +0900

No one has been punished under Japan's first punitive antismoking ordinance since its launch in 2010 by a prefectural government in eastern Japan, despite around 1,000 cases of violation being discovered each year, prefectural government sources said Saturday. The Kanagawa prefectural government attracted nationwide attention with its trailblazing ordinance, created…

Politics › Okinawan governor attends rally to protest U.S. base relocation

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:55:08 +0900

Okinawan Gov Takeshi Onaga took part in a rally held Saturday to protest against the relocation of a U.S. military base to the northern part of the prefecture, vowing to revoke his predecessor's approval of land reclamation. It is the first time that the governor, who was elected on an…

National › Woman in wheelchair killed after falling onto tracks in front of train

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:55:10 +0900

A 35-year-old woman in a wheelchair was killed when she fell off a platform onto the tracks and was hit by a train in Tsu, Mie prefecture, on Friday night. The incident occurred at Hisai Station on the Kintetsu Nagoya line at around 9:45 p.m. Fuji TV reported that the…

National › Japan culls 288,000 more chickens for avian flu in Miyagi, Chiba

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:40:04 +0900

Japan deployed hundreds of Self-Defense Force (SDF) personnel to help cull more than 280,000 chickens in Miyagi and Chiba prefectures on Friday, officials said as they try to contain further outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu. The latest slaughter means more than 1.67 million birds will have…

Politics › Abe denies allegations in scandal-hit school chief's sworn testimony

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:19 +0900

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Friday that he or his wife Akie gave money or favorable treatment to an Osaka school operator at the center of a growing political scandal as alleged the previous day by the chief of the organization in sworn testimony before the Diet. Opposition lawmakers argued…

Politics › Opposition parties demand Abe's wife testify over school land scandal

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:03 +0900

Opposition parties stepped up calls Thursday for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie to be summoned to testify in parliament, after the head of a nationalist school operator reiterated under oath in the Diet earlier in the day that she had handed over a donation for the organization on the…

National › 21,897 people committed suicide in 2016; lowest number since 1994

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:40:25 +0900

Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates. The Health Ministry said Thursday that 21,897 people committed suicide in 2016, down from more than 30,000 in 2011 and the lowest number since 1994. Of those, 15,121 were…

Politics › School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:35:11 +0900

The head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a swirling political scandal said in sworn testimony in parliament on Thursday that he received a donation of 1 million yen from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife in her husband's name. The controversy has chipped away at Abe's support…

Crime › 'Chainsaw Man' gets suspended sentence for threat posted on YouTube

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:22:55 +0900

A 27-year-old man who threatened an employee of a parcel delivery company with a chainsaw and uploaded the video of it on YouTube last December was found guilty and handed an 18-month sentence suspended for three years by the Tsu District Court in Mie Prefecture on Wednesday. According to the…

National › Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:05:23 +0900

Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China's growing influence in Asia. Accompanied by a military band, Maritime Self Defence Force commanders took possession of the 248-meter-long vessel at the…

National › Infertile woman delivers baby using egg from anonymous donor

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:10:05 +0900

A woman with ovarian problems has given birth to a baby through in-vitro fertilization using her husband's sperm and an egg donated by an anonymous female, a nonprofit organization supporting fertility treatment said Wednesday. While there have been some cases in which infertile mothers have given birth using sperm from…

Business › Japan logs biggest trade surplus since 2010 in Feb

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:50:05 +0900

Japan reported Wednesday that it logged its biggest monthly trade surplus since 2010 in February, as exports to China surged by 28%. Preliminary customs data released Wednesday show overall exports rose 11% and imports edged up 1%. Partly thanks to seasonal factors, the trade surplus more than doubled from a…

Politics › China overtakes Japan on S Koreans' worst countries list

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:55:03 +0900

The row between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system has seen China overtake even former coloniser Japan in the ranking of South Koreans' least favored countries, a survey shows. Japan has consistently been South Koreans' most disliked country after North Korea, mainly due to…

Politics › Abe pushes EU trade deal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:28:40 +0900

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Tuesday to seal a EU-Japan trade deal as early as possible in order to make an important stand against protectionism. Abe met with EU Council President Donald Tusk as well as European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels. "We shall…

Crime › Gov't submits contentious anti-conspiracy bill to Diet

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:00:16 +0900

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe submitted a controversial bill to the Diet on Tuesday that would punish preparations to carry out serious crimes, ostensibly in an effort to combat terrorism. The bill was submitted to the House of Representatives following cabinet approval earlier in the day. The current…

National › 1 in 4 Japanese have considered committing suicide: survey

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:39 +0900

Roughly one in four Japanese people have considered committing suicide, with women slightly more prone to such thoughts than men, the health ministry said Tuesday. In a survey released by the ministry that day, 23.6% of respondents considered suicide, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous survey conducted in 2012.…