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Aug 25, 2014

Shinkansen section halted by power outage

A power failure on Sunday night briefly suspended Tokaido Shinkansen Line trains between Mishima Station and Shizuoka Station in Shizuoka Prefecture. The power went out at 9:05 p.m. The trains resumed operations after about 25 minutes once the situation was confirmed safe. According to ...

Aug 24, 2014

Osaka man arrested for allegedly lopping off son's finger

A 45-year-old man was arrested in Osaka on Saturday on suspicion of chopping off his 9-year-old son’s right middle finger with a kitchen knife, police said. Yoshimasa Ando, a part-time worker who lives in the city, said that because his son was quarreling with ...

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Aug 24, 2014

Fewer satisfied with life: survey

The latest life satisfaction survey shows the number of people who claim to be content with their lives dropped 0.7 percentage point from last year to 70.3 percent