Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal


Kansai Electric Power Co Chairman Makoto Yagi has decided to step down following criticism for receiving gifts from a former official of a central Japan town hosting one of its nuclear power plants, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The scandal exposed the collusive ties between Japan's nuclear industry… Read


Missing part of oldest 'Tale of Genji' manuscript discovered


A missing part of the oldest copy of classic Japanese novel "The Tale of Genji," written by Murasaki Shikibu, has been found among the heirlooms of the family of a former feudal lord, a cultural foundation said Tuesday. Experts have confirmed the authenticity of the fifth chapter, titled "Wakamurasaki," found… Read


Japan protests to N Korea over sea collision


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that Tokyo has lodged a protest with Pyongyang over a collision between a North Korean fishing boat that illegally entered Japan's exclusive economic zone and a Japanese patrol boat, pledging to step up measures against foreign poachers. Japanese authorities on Monday rescued about… Read


JAL reprimanded for 2nd time over pilots' drinking


Japan's transport ministry issued a second business improvement order on Tuesday against Japan Airlines Co over a series of drinking incidents involving its pilots, despite an initial reprimand issued last December. It is the first time that an air carrier has received such a reprimand twice over the same problem,… Read


9-year-old boy in serious condition after being hit by car


A 9-year-old boy remained in a serious condition Tuesday after he was hit by a car driven by a police officer while on a pedestrian crossing in Saitama City on Monday night. According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. in Minuma Ward. The 27-year-old police officer driving… Read


3 workers sustain burns while inspecting maglev train


Three people sustained burns Monday during inspection work on a maglev train line under development west of Tokyo, police said. An unexpected combustion took place on the train at around 4:05 p.m., igniting the clothes of three nearby workers before the fire was quickly put out, the police said. Two… Read


Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision with patrol boat


Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers. Coast guard officials earlier said that only about 20 North Korean crew members were thrown into the sea after their steel… Read


Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl


Yamanashi prefectural police have ended their large-scale search for a seven-year-old girl who went missing from a mountainous campsite in Doshi-mura on Sept 21. Officials said Sunday they would end their large-scale search efforts due to a lack of leads in the case, but would continue information-gathering activities. Misaki Ogura,… Read


4 facilities give reproductive assistance to LGTB couples: survey


Four medical facilities in Japan have provided assisted reproductive treatment for lesbian and transgender couples against the guidelines set in the medical academy, a survey showed Sunday. Two of the four medical facilities have used sperm from a third person to artificially inseminate lesbian couples, while three of the four… Read


At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water


On the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-ton headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements. What to do with the enormous amount of water, which grows by around 150 tons a day, is a thorny… Read

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