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Aug 12, 2014

Girl held in Sasebo slaying faces psychiatric tests during probe

The Sasebo branch of the Nagasaki District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday moved the 16-year-old girl being held for killing her classmate and dismembering her body to a medical facility for psychiatric tests. According to investigators, the girl, whose identity has been withheld because ...

Exchange constructive for Mexican students

| Aug 11, 2014

Exchange constructive for Mexican students

A group of Mexican students gave speeches in Japanese at the Mexican Embassy last week to cap the month-long Japan-Mexico Student Exchange Program, which ran from July 12. As part of the projects commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the visit to Mexico of a ...

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Aug 11, 2014

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Typhoon Halong weakened into an extra-tropical depression Monday in the Sea of Japan after claiming 10 lives and leaving two others missing. The Meteorological Agency called for vigilance as the season’s 11th typhoon spun northward after the downgrade, dumping rain and strong winds on ...

Aug 11, 2014

Nippon Yusen to ship aid supplies for China quake victims

Nippon Yusen K.K. will help ship relief supplies to victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan province in southern China, company officials said. In 2004, the Nippon Yusen group launched a transportation project for disaster-relief supplies with Japan Platform, an international humanitarian organization that ...

Aug 11, 2014

Lawmaker group seeking end to death penalty to resume activities

A Diet members’ group formed to end the death penalty plans to resume operations as early as next month after suspending its activities following the 2012 election, sources said Monday. The group headed by Shizuka Kamei, 77, an independent in the Lower House, wants ...

Aug 11, 2014

Abe to retain Aso and Amari in Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to retain Taro Aso, his deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Aki­ra Ama­ri, the economic revitalization minister, when he reshuffles the Cabinet and changes the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party in the first week of September.