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Apr 24, 2015

Asia, Africa leaders call for U.N. Security Council reform

Asian and African leaders on Thursday called for “a comprehensive reform” of the U.N. Security Council so it can better represent the realities of the international community in the 21st century. “We call for continued efforts to reform the United Nations, including the revitalization ...

Apr 24, 2015

Russia carries out military drills on disputed islands

Russia has conducted military anti-landing drills in a Pacific island chain, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday. “Units were scrambled as part of large-scale anti-landing drills … (they) worked on ...

Apr 24, 2015

Abe not expected to attend May 9 Moscow WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to decline Russia’s invitation to attend celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, government sources said Thursday. Due to suspected further Russian involvement in the Ukraine ...

Apr 23, 2015

Sendai reactor restart 'unrealistic,' regulator says

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has been forced to review restart plans for the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Plant a day after a court ruling paved the way for the move. The plant, in Kagoshima Prefecture, was set to be restarted ...

Apr 23, 2015

Record number of reports of illegal Internet content logged

A police-commissioned private body working to remove illegal content from the Internet received a record number of reports last year of such material on websites hosted overseas, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The Tokyo-based Internet Hotline Center, which works for the NPA, received ...

Apr 23, 2015

Police expand recording of entire interrogations

There were 575 cases in fiscal 2014 of police recording a suspect’s entire interrogation, up sharply from a year earlier but still only 17.2 percent of cases subject to lay judge trials, preliminary data from the National Police Agency showed Thursday. It was a ...

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

Apr 23, 2015

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

A tourist bus slammed into a tree along the road in Kumamoto Prefecture, injuring 20 South Korean passengers on board, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening and the passengers all remained conscious, they added. The police said the bus had been driving on ...