Ishihara resigns as Tokyo Governor to form new political party
News On Japan via Bloomberg -- Oct 25
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, an advocate of Japan acquiring nuclear weapons and a longtime critic of China, said he will resign and form a new political party ahead of an election that must be called by August.
Ishihara, 80, said at a press conference today in Tokyo that he plans to run for a parliamentary seat in the elections.
Re-elected head of Japan's capital last year for a fourth term, Ishihara has called for rewriting the nation's pacifist constitution and said last year's record earthquake and tsunami was "divine punishment." His proposal in April to buy an island chain also claimed by China forced Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government to purchase the territory, fanning a dispute that has hurt Asia's two biggest economies.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )