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28 Jul
Police in Iida, Nagano Prefecture, on Monday arrested a 71-year-old man on suspicion of slashing four family members at their home. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8 a.m. TV Asahi reported that the suspect, identified as Osamu Motojima, lives in the house with his 69-year-old wife, their…
28 Jul
Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday. On Sunday afternoon, at a beach near the Tottori Sand Dunes, two men and a woman were swept away by a…
28 Jul
Tokyo stocks rose 0.46% Monday to close at a fresh six-month high as Japanese earnings season gets into full swing. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 71.53 points to 15,529.40, its best finish since late January, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.37%, or 4.72 points, to…
28 Jul
About 4,700 residents living within five kilometers of Kyushu Electric Co's Sendai plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, were given iodine tablets as a precautionary measure on Sunday. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) approved the upgraded design and safety features of the Sendai plant earlier this month, paving the way for…
28 Jul
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer as the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays' longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games. Ortiz's 25th home run came in the third off Chris Archer (6-6) after a walk…
28 Jul
The U.N. Security Council on Monday appealed for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza at a late-night emergency meeting called as fighting between Israel and Hamas entered its third week. The 15-member Council released a statement calling for the truce to allow aid deliveries during the Muslim Eid festival marking…
28 Jul
Children play in a water fountain in Asuka park in Tokyo on Sunday.
28 Jul
Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation on Sunday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict. At least thirteen people were killed in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels which raged in five areas…
28 Jul
Former J-pop star, erotic novelist and television sex guru Aya Sugimoto is already well-known in the Japanese animal welfare community for her strong anti-fur stance, but this year she has taken aim at the abominable state of Japan’s pet industry by founding her own animal welfare organization, Eva. Last week,…
28 Jul
The Disney on Ice Dare to Dream tour continues around Japan this summer. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Snow White and Cinderella are just a few of the characters on hand. The show will be in Osaka Aug 9-17, Yokohama Aug 21-25, Fukuoka Aug 29-31, Hiroshima Sept 5-7,…
28 Jul
Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. But losing another just months later is pushing crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines to the brink of financial collapse, airline experts said, spotlighting whether it can steer…
28 Jul
A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson for the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual, according to a National…
28 Jul
Egypt and several Western nations on Sunday urged their citizens to leave Libya amid spiralling violence after two weeks of fighting in the capital Tripoli left 97 people dead. Washington evacuated its embassy staff on Saturday, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning the mission had faced a "real risk"…
28 Jul
The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault. Then as now,…
28 Jul
Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call "Gojira" was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as an icon for the suffering brought by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at…
28 Jul
Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested the father of TV “talent” and model Rola for allegedly defrauding Japan’s national health insurance system. Police said that Jurip Al-Asa, 54, accompanied by a lawyer, turned himself in at a police station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported.…
28 Jul
Japan is readying subsidies to help Toyota Motor Corp and key suppliers take the lead in hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles that could top 40 billion yen over the next several years if the most bullish projections for the technology play out. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned consumer rebates of at…
28 Jul
Yohei Toyoda scored a second-half goal Sunday as Sagan Tosu beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 to keep the pressure on leaders Urawa Reds in the J.League standings. Toyoda converted a pass from Kim Min-woo in the 67th minute for his ninth goal of the season as Tosu improved to 34 points,…
28 Jul
With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to help ease the influx of unaccompanied minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to…
28 Jul
On July 15, Tohoku University sent eviction notices to all 105 residents of Meizenryo, a student-governed dormitory in Sendai. The school claims that the students violated their “promise to abstain from alcohol.” Although asking a building full of college students not to drink is like asking a building full of…
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