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Aug 13, 2014

Tokyo police putting sky marshals on Haneda-U.S. flights

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has begun deploying plainclothes officers carrying guns on direct flights between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and the United States. Such undercover police officers masquerading as airplane passengers, known as sky marshals, were deployed on a trial basis in Japan ...

Japan's foreign trainee program suffering from shocking lack of oversight

| Aug 13, 2014

Japan's foreign trainee program suffering from shocking lack of oversight

Agencies that dispatch non-Japanese as interns under the government’s foreign trainee program, as well as a government-commissioned foundation that supervises and instructs them, put corporate profits first and are not fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, lawyers familiar with the program say. The program has long ...

Aug 13, 2014

Vacation exodus during Bon holidays peaks, with long traffic jams

The annual rush of travelers during the country’s mid-August Bon holidays peaked Wednesday, with roads, train stations and airports congested as people headed for their hometowns and other destinations. Bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched 47 km along a section of the Kan-etsu Expressway in Saitama Prefecture ...

Aug 13, 2014

Philippine top court ends 'comfort women' group's legal battle

The Philippines’ highest tribunal ended a legal battle by a group of Filipino wartime sex slaves on Tuesday to compel the country’s government to support their demand for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government before international tribunals. Theodore Te, a spokesman for ...

Aug 13, 2014

Narita airport testing hawks to stop bird strikes

Narita International Airport is testing whether hawks can keep other birds out of the path of planes taking off or landing. For two hours every morning and evening, when birds often appear over runways, a falconer with his hawk patrols the airport. If a ...

Aug 13, 2014

South Korea raps Sankei Shimbun for 'defaming' president

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has criticized the Sankei Shimbun for running a report on President Park Geun-hye that questioned her whereabouts on April 16 when the ferry Sewol sank, killing more than 300 people. “The report was filled with baseless rumor and is a ...