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Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

Apr 15, 2016

Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

The Hyogo Safety Commission said Friday it has designated Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a splinter group of Japan’s biggest crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, as an organized crime group under the anti-gang law. By the designation, valid for three years, authorities will be allowed to order the splinter ...

Apr 15, 2016

UNESCO board calls for revising documentary registration guidelines

UNESCO’s Executive Board has adopted a resolution calling for revised guidelines around its documentary registration system to secure transparency and avoid conflicts among member states. The move on Thursday came in the wake of the U.N. body’s listing last year of China’s Nanjing Massacre ...

Apr 15, 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions fall for first time since Fukushima crisis

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.1 percent in fiscal 2014 from a year earlier, dropping for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Environment Ministry said in a revised report released Friday. The gas emissions totaled the equivalent of 1.36 billion ...

Apr 15, 2016

Japan to propose basic rules for AI research at G-7 meeting

The government plans to propose basic rules for the research and development of artificial intelligence at a Group of Seven meeting of ministers in charge of information and communication technology later this month, sources said Friday. The envisioned proposal is expected to seek the ...

Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area

Apr 15, 2016

Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area

At least two people were killed and 45 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that knocked down houses and buckled roads in Kyushu on Thursday night. The temblor logged a 7, the highest level on the Japanese intensity scale. Both victims are from the hardest-hit ...