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Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

Jul 22, 2014

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. Charles Thomas Ikenaga was charged with murder for fatally stabbing high school student Saaya Suzuki, 18. Ikenaga reportedly began stalking ...

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

by Kayo Mimizuka

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan appoints new envoys to Belgium, EU, Botswana, Sudan, E. Timor

Masafumi Ishii, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s International Legal Affairs Bureau, was appointed Tuesday as ambassador to Belgium. Also approved by the Cabinet was Keiichi Katakami, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Economic Affairs Bureau, as ambassador to the European Union. ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan aims to cut metabolic syndrome by 25%

The government on Tuesday adopted a health and medical strategy to reduce the number of people suffering from metabolic syndrome by 25 percent from the fiscal 2008 level by fiscal 2020. The strategy for pushing ahead with research and development in the coming five ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s ...

Jul 21, 2014

National security official visits Seoul

A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday. During his three-day informal visit, set to ...