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Consumers bought at least 27,000 cutlets that should have been discarded

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

They are believed to be part of some 63,000 frozen beef cutlets that Ichibanya Co., a curry restaurant operator based in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, asked the waste disposal company Daiko to dump the meat last August and October.

Daiko, based in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, sold at least some of the products to one or more parties instead of disposing of them, it has been learned.

The Aichi Prefectural Government and other authorities are investigating the incident while also calling on consumers who purchased the cutlets to return them to the shops where they were purchased.

SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Monday, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving of fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. (Kyodo) The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 1994. (Japan Times) Heavy snow fell in parts of eastern and northeastern Japan early Monday, with snowfall reaching 6 centimeters in downtown Tokyo, resulting in injuries to more than 100 people and disruptions to transport. (Japan Today) A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,0Ǡ points on Monday for the first time since last September. (NHK) About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date “1.17″ and the kanji characters for “mirai” (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (the-japan-news.com)
A minimum of 27,000 beef cutlets that should have been disposed out of fear they could include foreign objects were apparently sold to consumers. (Japan Times) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that Japan’s economy is recovering moderately, though its exports and production have been affected by the slowing of emerging economies including China. (Kyodo) As much as we love the hustle and bustle of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, it’s the secret, secluded sites in Japan that truly blow us away. One of the most stunning locations you’ll find off the beaten track is Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where 123 red torii shrine gates wind down along a mountain towards a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan. (rocketnews24.com) Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. (Japan Times) Young kimono-clad women fired arrows in a New Year’s archery event at a Buddhist temple in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto on Sunday. (NHK)


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Toward a brighter future

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Monday, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving of fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. (Kyodo) The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 1994. (Japan Times) Heavy snow fell in parts of eastern and northeastern Japan early Monday, with snowfall reaching 6 centimeters in downtown Tokyo, resulting in injuries to more than 100 people and disruptions to transport. (Japan Today) A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,000 points on Monday for the first time since last September. (NHK) About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date “1.17″ and the kanji characters for “mirai” (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (the-japan-news.com)
A minimum of 27,000 beef cutlets that should have been disposed out of fear they could include foreign objects were apparently sold to consumers. (Japan Times) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that Japan’s economy is recovering moderately, though its exports and production have been affected by the slowing of emerging economies including China. (Kyodo) As much as we love the hustle and bustle of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, it’s the secret, secluded sites in Japan that truly blow us away. One of the most stunning locations you’ll find off the beaten track is Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where 123 red torii shrine gates wind down along a mountain towards a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan. (rocketnewⴄ.com) Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. (Japan Times) Young kimono-clad women fired arrows in a New Year’s archery event at a Buddhist temple in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto on Sunday. (NHK)


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Tokyo shares close at below 17,000

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

Shares were sold across the board immediately after the Tokyo market opened on Monday. The move came after share prices plunged in US and European markets on Friday.

The Nikkei average of 225 selected issues fell more than 480 points at one point.

Later, there were moves to buy back the shares that had fallen, but the Nikkei index ended the day’s trading at 16,955, down 191 points from Friday’s close.

The Nikkei index has dropped by more than 2,000 points this year.

A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,000 points on Monday for the first time since last September. (NHK) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that Japan’s economy is recovering moderately, though its exports and production have been affected by the slowing of emerging economies including China. (Kyodo) With few positive signs of recovery for Japan’s slumping economy, foreign tourism remains a sole ray of hope, and tourism authorities, local governments, industry players as well as retailers are eagerly awaiting another possibly record-breaking surge in Chinese tourists during next month’s Chinese New Year holiday. (Japan Times) China’s sagging economy sent the yuan falling more than 1.4% against the dollar in the first two weeks of 2016. This has pummeled stock prices and commodity currencies around the globe. Tokyo stocks have been jolted, too. Yet for Japan, the weak yuan means more than just angst in the capital’s financial district. (Nikkei) Foreign investors sold more shares than they bought in the Tokyo market last week, triggering 5 consecutive days of decline in the key stock index. (NHK)
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will launch a probe to identify companies neglecting their obligation to have employees join the appropriate public pension scheme, officials have said. (the-japan-news.com) Cheap oil basically benefits Japan, which primarily relies on imports for natural resources. (Jiji Press) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday denied that he and Finance Minister Taro Aso are divided over how to finance the planned lower consumption tax rate chiefly for foods. (Jiji Press) Bosses hold back on pay raises for workers, creating a major stumbling block for Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ strategy for economic growth (wsj.com) There has been a lot of discussion recently about allowing more foreign workers into Japan to make up for severe labor shortages in some fields. As of the end of 2014, the labor ministry estimated there were 790,000 foreign nationals working in Japan legally, which is more than the number of national civil servants (640,000). (Japan Times)


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120 injured as heavy snow falls on eastern, northeastern Japan

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

Snowfall caused around 120 injuries, according to a Kyodo News tally. In Tokyo alone, over 40 people were taken to hospitals.

The snow temporarily brought bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line to a crawl and caused suspensions of limited express trains connecting Tokyo and Nagano, and cancellations of more than 160 domestic flights. The Chuo Expressway was closed in some areas of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures.

SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Monday, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving of fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. (Kyodo) The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 1994. (Japan Times) Heavy snow fell in parts of eastern and northeastern Japan early Monday, with snowfall reaching 6 centimeters in downtown Tokyo, resulting in injuries to more than 100 people and disruptions to transport. (Japan Today) A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,0Ǡ points on Monday for the first time since last September. (NHK) About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date “1.17″ and the kanji characters for “mirai” (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (the-japan-news.com)
A minimum of 27,000 beef cutlets that should have been disposed out of fear they could include foreign objects were apparently sold to consumers. (Japan Times) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that Japan’s economy is recovering moderately, though its exports and production have been affected by the slowing of emerging economies including China. (Kyodo) As much as we love the hustle and bustle of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, it’s the secret, secluded sites in Japan that truly blow us away. One of the most stunning locations you’ll find off the beaten track is Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where 123 red torii shrine gates wind down along a mountain towards a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan. (rocketnews24.com) Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. (Japan Times) Young kimono-clad women fired arrows in a New Year’s archery event at a Buddhist temple in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto on Sunday. (NHK)


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10 million foreign passengers used Kansai International Airport in 2015

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

The figure surged 59 percent from the previous year to 10.01 million, exceeding the number of Japanese users for the first time, which stood at 6.07 million, down 6.0 percent, New Kansai International Airport Co. said Monday.

The total number of passengers at the airport marked a record 23.21 million. The number of people on international flight jumped 24 percent toಐ.25 million, also a record high.

The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 1994. (Japan Times) As much as we love the hustle and bustle of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, it’s the secret, secluded sites in Japan that truly blow us away. One of the most stunning locations you’ll find off the beaten track is Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where 123 red torii shrine gates wind down along a mountain towards a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan. (rocketnews24.com) Young kimono-clad women fired arrows in a New Year’s archery event at a Buddhist temple in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto on Sunday. (NHK) It’s a world of physical and virtual twirls, sudden drops, aggressive giants, roaring monsters and persistent zombies. It’s a world of “kawaii” and pop, bubbling colors. It’s a story of fighting spirits and game, anime and manga-inspired stories, wrapped up in a cutting-edge technology and J-pop fashion. Welcome to Universal Studios Japan (USJ)’s “Universal Cool Japan 2016.” (Japan Today) Travel agency JTB will offer farm stays in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture starting Friday in a bid to attract foreigners looking for an experience off the beaten trail. (Nikkei)
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) has decided to design new map symbols that are easier for foreigners to understand in preparation for the 2ዔ Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (the-japan-news.com) The Great Buddha of Kamakura is undergoing its first major “health checkup” in more than half a century. (Asahi) More and more foreigners are coming to Japan to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
(NHK) A panel of experts set up by the health ministry and the tourism agency agreed Tuesday to ease regulations regarding paid accommodation in private homes in Japan, amid a growing number of foreign visitors to Japan. (Japan Today) The transport ministry has decided to set up body scanners, which can detect dangerous objects by seeing through the clothing of passengers, at all airports with international flights by 2020, according to sources. (the-japan-news.com)


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Japanese pop group SMAP pledge to continue as group

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

At the outset of their TV variety show “SMAP X SMAP,” the five members appeared live, standing in a line and wearing black suits. After apologizing to fans for causing anxiety, they said they learned anew how much they are supported by fans and said they will strive to go forward together no matter what from now on. Sources at their management agency said SMAP will continue to exist.

Takuya Kimura, at center, said that “SMAP has given many people much worries and trouble since last week” when the reports emerged. “I thought the situation, if left unattended, might lead to a midair breakup of SMAP,” said the 43-year-old member, who apparently worked to prevent the four other members from quitting their agency.

SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Monday, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving of fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. (Kyodo) The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 19Ⱦ. (Japan Times) Heavy snow fell in parts of eastern and northeastern Japan early Monday, with snowfall reaching 6 centimeters in downtown Tokyo, resulting in injuries to more than 100 people and disruptions to transport. (Japan Today) A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,000 points on Monday for the first time since last September. (NHK) About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date “1.17″ and the kanji characters for “mirai” (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (the-japan-news.com)
A minimum of 27,000 beef cutlets that should have been disposed out of fear they could include foreign objects were apparently sold to consumers. (Japan Times) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that Japan’s economy is recovering moderately, though its exports and production have been affected by the slowing of emerging economies including China. (Kyodo) As much as we love the hustle and bustle of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, it’s the secret, secluded sites in Japan that truly blow us away. One of the most stunning locations you’ll find off the beaten track is Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where 123 red torii shrine gates wind down along a mountain towards a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan. (rocketnews24.com) Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. (Japan Times) Young kimono-clad women fired arrows in a New Year’s archery event at a Buddhist temple in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto on Sunday. (NHK)


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Russian faces deportation over gun attack

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

From the revamped home page of the Immigration Bureau at www.immigration.go.th.

Authorities will deport a Russian national who was arrested over the weekend following a gun attack at a resort on Koh Phangan if he is found guilty of breaking Thai laws.

Sergei Milentie, 31, was apprehended on Saturday in connection with the pre-dawn attack at the Palita Lodge Bungalow which caused panic but no casualties.

Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan, commander of the Tourism Police Division, said foreigners found to have violated the laws will not be allowed to stay. The Russian suspect faces deportation if he is proved guilty.

The Russian is one of the first to feel the effects of new policies currently being adopted by the Immigration Bureau.

Sergei Milentie: Denies any involvement in Koh Phangan shooting. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

They include the catchy slogan featured on the bureau’s new web page at immigration.go.th: “Good guys in, Bad guys out”.

Immigration police announced Monday the opening of a centralised mechanism to oversee and control the entry and exit of foreigners.

The newly established Thai Immigration 24/7 Centre, located at Immigration Bureau headquarters, is divided into three working rooms where officers can monitor real-time CCTV footage at airports, ports and border checkpoints.

An advance passenger processing system installed at the centre will allow officers to know personal details of visitors before they arrive, with more than 50 airlines cooperating.

“In the past, Thai police didn’t have an official command operation centre like this to oversee the travel of foreigners, Pol Gen Wuthi Lipthapallop, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, told reporters.

“But from now on, commanders can quickly and concisely see every movement in each airport, port and border checkpoint nationwide,”

“This centre will be able to entirely control the foreigners in order to let the good guys in and keep the bad guys out,” Pol Gen Wuthi said.

That has become the Immigration Bureau’s new slogan and can be seen on its revamped web page launched at the New Year: Good guys in, Bad guys out.

The new centre opens after the deadly bomb attack at the Erawan shrine killed 20 people and injured more than 100 last August. The blast prompted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to order a reform of the country’s security and border control systems.

Mr Milentie’s arrest also underlined concerns by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who has instructed local authorities in Surat Thani to stamp out foreign mafia groups on the resort islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in the wake of the attack.

Gen Prawit is concerned about influential figures who have frightened tourists and hurt the tourism industry, especially foreign business operators. “Be they foreigners or Thais, authorities will make a concerted effort to stamp out mafia groups,” said Pol Maj Gen Surachet.

Mr Milentie appeared at a police press conference Monday, where he was told through an interpreter that his alleged offence could result in his deportation.

The Russian suspect denied being a member of any mafia groups and said he had nothing to do with the shooting.

He faces initial charges of violating the immigration law and the night entertainment business law.

His arrest followed those of three Thai nationals including 54-year-old Chanin Petchsri, mayor of Tha Khanom municipality in Surat Thani’s Khiri Ratthanikhom district. The two others are Sihanath Chaipinij, 62, and Jarong Hongthong, 38, while a fourth suspect, Jirat Khwatkaeo, 38, is still on the run.

The court on Monday denied bail to the three Thai suspects out of concern they would interfere with the police probe.

Mr Chanin is accused of hiring two men to open fire on Palita Lodge, a resort next door to Chang Phuek Bungalows and Similan Bar, the property he owns on Koh Phangan’s Hat Rin beach.

He leased the bar to the Russian businessman.

Meanwhile, Surat Thani police chief Maj Gen Apichart Bunsriroj has told officials to scrutinise all foreign nationals doing business in tourist areas and draw up a list of Thai nationals partnering with them.

The database will be used in the campaign against both Thai and foreign mafia groups.

Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn commander of the Immigration Bureau, at the airport: Good guys in, bad guys out. (File photo by Somchai Poomlard)

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Prawit orders island mafia crackdown

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

Koh Phangan, site of the full-moon party, reportedly has fallen under influence of what Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon calls “foreign mafia groups”. (AFP photo)

Surat Thani: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed local authorities in Surat Thani to stamp out foreign mafia groups in Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, following a shooting attack at a bar last Tuesday on Koh Phangan.

A Russian suspect, along with three Thai nationals, was detained over the bar attack which caused panic but did not result in injury.

Following Gen Prawit’s order, Surat Thani provincial governor Wongsiri Phromchana told all government agencies in the province to accelerate their work to suppress foreign mafia gangs in the province, particularly on the two resort islands, Pol Maj Gen Apichat Boonsriroj said Sunday.

As a result, a major crackdown on foreign mafia gangs is expected in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, infamous for its full-moon rave parties, Pol Maj Gen Apichat said.

Mr Wongsiri had received reports about foreigners illegally operating businesses such as restaurants and resorts on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao districts.

These places have become meeting points for foreign mafia gangs to expand their illegal networks.

“I’ll order state agencies to launch a massive inspection of those businesses as well as the money trails. Gen Prawit paid a lot of attention to these [mafia-style] influential foreigners and stressed that Thai state officials must not be involved with them or support these criminal activities,” Mr Wongsiri said.

State officials found involved in foreign mafia activities would face stiff punishment, he said.

The state agencies would inspect the legality of businesses on the three islands, with the main focus on foreigners working illegally and possible drug problems, he said.

“We have to get tough on these people, or they may damage our tourism and even national security,” he said.

A source who is a local tourism business operator in Koh Phangan said the foreign mafia groups liked to hire tourists from their own countries to work illegally as tour guides or at entertainment venues or resorts.

They were affecting the quality of service in the tourism businesses of the province, the source said.

Sergei Milentie, 31, a Russian national was arrested on Saturday, after the previous arrests of three out of four Thai suspects in connection with Tuesday’s pre-dawn shooting attack at Palita Lodge Bungalow.

The three Thai suspects detained are Chanin Pechsri, 54, Sihanath Chaipinij, 62, and Jarong Hongthong, 38. Jirat Khwatkaeo, 38, the fourth suspect, is still on the run.

Police said Mr Chanin, the mayor of Muang Tha Khanon municipality in Khiri Ratthanikhom district and owner of Chang Phueak Bungalow and Similan Bar, was found to be the mastermind behind the shooting attack.

They said they believed Mr Sihanath was the gunman.

All arrested suspects, except Mr Chanin, confessed to being involved in the attack. However, police had enough evidence to prosecute Mr Chanin, Pol Maj Gen Apichat said.

Police found Mr Chanin had rented out Simiran Bar on Rin Beach in Koh Phangan to Mr Milentie who is now facing several charges including working illegally and selling alcohol without permission, he added.

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B2bn tram in the works for Phuket

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

A tram system like Hong Kong’s Light Rail Transit (above) has been under discussion for the island province for three and a half years. (Photo courtesy The Phuket News)

A light rail system worth more than 2 billion baht will be constructed between Phuket International Airport and Chalong intersection to boost the country’s tourism in the South.

Speaking after a meeting on the Phuket mass transit system, transport permanent secretary Chartchai Thipsunawee Sunday unveiled details of a 60km rail tram which will be constructed between the airport to Chalong intersection in Muang district.

Mr Chartchai said the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) will be commissioned to supervise the project.

He said the tram with a speed of 100 km/h will have 23 stations along its route. Planners were deciding whether there will be a special lane for the tram or if it will share lanes with other vehicles.

The stations will include Phuket International Airport, Thalang and Koh Kaew and the second provincial bus terminal.

Mr Chartchai, however, voiced concern over what to do about level crossings, saying the tram route will pass 39 intersections and 37 U-turns in the province.

He told the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads to devise solutions to the problem.

The agencies had to specify whether an overpass or tunnel will be built at each crossing or if traffic lights will be used if the tram and vehicles share the road. After this has been settled, work on the construction design will commence, he said.

For a crossing at the airport’s entrance, an overpass will be built to connect the tram with its station in the airport’s premises. A 150-metre skywalk connecting a station with a terminal will also be built, said Mr Chartchai.

“For the investment, the MRTA will study whether the private sector will be responsible for the entire investment or only as a joint venture,” he added.

Mr Chartchai also discussed the construction of a 150km railroad linking Surat Thani, Phangnga and Phuket provinces to boost tourism.

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Japan adult TV channel’s Boob Aid charity event rubs some the wrong way, sparking online petition

Posted on 16 January 2016 by admin

Broadcast live on satellite network Sky PerfecTV!�s adult pay channel, the two-day event, held last month, is aimed at eradicating AIDS and has been held since 2003.

A record 7,175 people participated in the most recent event, raking in a little over ¥6 million. Participants need to be 18 years or older, and each year a few women can be found among the men waiting in line.

Not everyone, however, finds the event in good taste.

“This event hides behind the front of being a ‘charity event’ but in reality, the participants are basically just paying to touch bare breasts,” said Change.org on its website, which started collecting signatures on Dec. 10. “Please stop exploiting women’s (bodies) for promotional and commercial aim.”

The website, in Japanese and English, sees the event as a play by the broadcaster to increase its viewership.

“Fundraising to support AIDS groups is much needed,” it read. “It can and should be done in ways that are appropriate in the public sphere, without exploiting women’s bodies and reinforcing sexism.”

Breaking fashion news: Japanese high school girls’ sock-lines are sinking! (rocketnewsǸ.com) The Nagano prefectural police raided on Saturday the office of Keyth Tour, a travel agency in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, and other locations linked with Friday’s ski tour bus crash in central Japan that killed 14 people and injured 26 others. (Jiji Press) More than 8,600 people have signed an online petition to protest the annual Boob Aid fundraising event, which allows donors to the charity to touch the breasts of porn actresses. (Japan Times) The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 563,ᗀ students-4,636 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 693 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today) An oil tanker is sinking after colliding with a gravel carrier in Tokyo Bay. Oil is spilling from the tanker. (NHK)
Kengo Kuma, the architect of Japan’s new 2020 Olympics stadium, refuted allegations by British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid that his design borrowed from blueprints she made and which organizers dropped last year. (Japan Today) It’s a world of physical and virtual twirls, sudden drops, aggressive giants, roaring monsters and persistent zombies. It’s a world of “kawaii” and pop, bubbling colors. It’s a story of fighting spirits and game, anime and manga-inspired stories, wrapped up in a cutting-edge technology and J-pop fashion. Welcome to Universal Studios Japan (USJ)’s “Universal Cool Japan 2016.” (Japan Today) A 38-year-old man who drove his car onto the sidewalk in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district on June 24, 2014, killing one pedestrian and injuring six others, was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Tokyo District Court on Friday. (Japan Today) The city of Osaka passed the nation’s first ordinance by a major city against hate speech late Friday. (Japan Times) Japan’s Coast Guard says one of its aircraft has confirmed that ice floes are approaching the coast of the country’s northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido.
(NHK)


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