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World's oldest person Misao Okawa dies at 117

Apr 1, 2015

World's oldest person Misao Okawa dies at 117

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person, died at the age of 117 early Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Osaka, sources close to her said. Born in 1898, Okawa was recognized ...

Apr 1, 2015

Translation firm leaked classified document, says NRA

The secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday an internal, classified document had been leaked to the Internet via a translation company with which it had contracted. According to the secretariat, the document does not contain confidential information but is marked “Classified 2,” ...

Apr 1, 2015

Narita airport to open more passport control counters at busy times

Narita International Airport plans to double the number of passport control counters handling arriving passengers at Terminal 2 in busy hours starting Wednesday, an airport source said. The terminal has been alternating between its two immigration control sections following a sharp drop in foreign ...

Apr 1, 2015

Would-be robber breaks leg, calls ambulance in Chiba

A hapless armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Chiba Prefecture, and then used the shop’s payphone to call an ambulance, according to a report and police. The inept thief tussled with a 35-year-old store clerk ...

80 years of ties between Japan and Central America

| Apr 1, 2015

80 years of ties between Japan and Central America

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and five Central American countries, a commemorative reception was held on March 25 in Tokyo. Co-organized by the embassies of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, the event was attended by representatives ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. returns housing area to Okinawa

The United States returned Tuesday a 51-hectare housing area of Camp Zukeran in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, under a 2013 bilateral agreement to reduce the burden from hosting U.S. bases. The event represents the second U.S. land return under the agreement, following the handover of ...

Mar 31, 2015

Administration to push major revisions to Civil Code

The Abe administration gave the go-ahead Tuesday to carry out major revisions to claims-related sections in the Civil Code for the first time in about 120 years. The proposed revisions to the Civil Code, which was established in 1896, are designed to introduce rules ...

Mar 31, 2015

New plan aims to halve Tokyo quake deaths, damage

The government said Tuesday the estimated death toll from a predicted major earthquake directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area could be halved from 23,000 if authorities adopt a new 10-year risk management plan. Officials said they also aim to reduce by 50 percent the ...

Mar 31, 2015

Tokyo governor to undergo hip surgery

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Tuesday he will check into a hospital Wednesday to undergo hip joint surgery and stay there for a month. Masuzoe told a news conference that after a chronic backache worsened, he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his left hip. ...