Okinawa Governor Threatens Against Henoko Base Construction

Okinawa Governor Threatens Against Henoko Base Construction

March 16, 2017 – Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said today that he was considering filing an injunction against the central government’s construction work to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to the Henoko area in Nago ...

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Shinzo Abe May Take Political Hit From Embroilment

Shinzo Abe May Take Political Hit From Embroilment

March 15, 2017 – “I would like Ms. Inada to thoroughly fulfill her responsibility to explain the situation, and continue to perform her duties with sincerity.” So said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of his Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, recently tied ...

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Parliament Slams North Korea Over Missile Launch

Parliament Slams North Korea Over Missile Launch

March 8, 2017 – Japan’s House of Councillors condemned North Korea today for test-firing ballistic missiles toward Japan earlier this week. The resolution, adopted unanimously, called North Korea’s recent nuclear and missiles developments, including Monday’s launches, a “new phase of ...

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Abe And Trump Agree North Korean Missiles Challenge

Abe And Trump Agree North Korean Missiles Challenge

March 7, 2017 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump today agreed that North Korea’s latest test-firing of ballistic missiles was a “clear challenge” to the international community. A day after North Korea fired ballistic missiles ...

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Fukushima Chief Masuda Urges Better Use Of Probe Robot

Fukushima Chief Masuda Urges Better Use Of Probe Robot

March 2, 2017 – The head of decommissioning for the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said that more creativity is needed in developing robots to locate and assess the condition of melted fuel rods. Naohiro Masuda, president of Fukushima Dai-ichi decommissioning, ...

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4 Family Members Found Dead In Shizuoka

4 Family Members Found Dead In Shizuoka

March 1, 2017 – Four members of a family of five were found stabbed to death at their home here in the early hours of today in a possible murder-suicide, police said. At around 2:40 a.m., Shizuoka Prefectural Police received ...

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Mayu Tomita Attacker Removed From Court

Mayu Tomita Attacker Removed From Court

February 23, 2017 – The defendant in a trial over the stabbing of a pop idol Mayu Tomita in May last year was temporarily ordered to leave the courtroom today when he began shouting out over the testimony of the ...

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Astro Boy Robot To Go On Sale

Astro Boy Robot To Go On Sale

February 22, 2017 – Publisher Kodansha Ltd. and other firms on today unveiled an artificial intelligence robot based on the Japanese manga and anime character Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) that consumers will be able to assemble themselves. The robot, named ...

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Tokyo Areas Hit By 17 Fires In February

Tokyo Areas Hit By 17 Fires In February

February 21, 2017 – Seventeen fires that have occurred in Tokyo’s Adachi and Kita wards since mid-February are concentrated in an area within a radius of 1 kilometer, police and firefighters said. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigators said they suspect ...

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Olympics Facilities Outside Tokyo To Cost ¥43.8bn

Olympics Facilities Outside Tokyo To Cost ¥43.8bn

February 17, 2017 – The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee has estimated the cost of building and remodeling 11 facilities for the 2020 Games in six prefectures outside the capital at approximately ¥43.8 billion, it has been learned. The ...

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