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Cube watermelon shipments begin in Kagawa

Jun 25, 2014

Cube watermelon shipments begin in Kagawa

This year’s crop of square watermelons is ready. Shipments began Wednesday from the city of Zentsuji in Kagawa Prefecture. The fruits are about 18 centimeters square and are inedible because they are harvested unripe. They are trained into shape by a plastic brace that ...

Jun 24, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

by Masami Ito

The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Jun 24, 2014

Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his case again Tuesday that restraints on the Self-Defense Forces should be loosened amid a changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific region. “It is necessary to appropriately interpret the Constitution,” Abe said at a press conference to mark the ...

Tokyo car crash injures seven pedestrians

Jun 24, 2014

Tokyo car crash injures seven pedestrians

A man under the influence of quasi-legal herbs slammed his car into pedestrians Tuesday evening in Tokyo’s bustling Ikebukuro district, injuring seven people, police said. Three of the victims sustained serious injuries, while a woman was thrown into a state of cardiac arrest. The ...

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

Jun 24, 2014

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pledged Tuesday to deepen security cooperation, at a time when their countries are facing growing military assertiveness from China. During a news conference following a 45-minute meeting and a working lunch in Tokyo on ...

Jun 24, 2014

Abe offers concession on collective defense

by Ayako Mie

The Abe administration gave some ground Tuesday to New Komeito in the ninth round of the coalition defense talks, offering tougher conditions before Japan would be allowed to exercise the long-prohibited right to collective self-defense. Debate between the ruling coalition partners has focused on ...

Jun 24, 2014

Noda urges Abe to name more women to Cabinet

A ranking member of the Liberal Democratic Party expressed her hopes on Monday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will move to appoint more women if he opts to reshuffle his Cabinet this summer. “I think he will accelerate (the appointment of female Cabinet member),” ...

Jun 24, 2014

Kyushu Electric submits reactor safety papers

Kyushu Electric Power Co. submitted on Tuesday additional documents required for safety reviews of two reactors that are considered the closest to being allowed to restart among the country’s 48 offline commercial reactors, a nuclear regulatory official said. The plant operator filed for safety ...