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Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Jul 11, 2014

Hokkaido braces for rain as typhoon exits Tokyo area

The powerful typhoon rolling across Japan crossed the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture Friday morning and is expected to head to the Pacific Ocean and turn into an extratropical cyclone off the Sanriku coast in northeast Honshu by the evening. The Meteorological Agency warned ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

Jul 10, 2014

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling “dappo” (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Jul 10, 2014

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Thursday arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for a martial arts extravaganza next month and said he plans to express his “true opinions” to North Korean officials amid signs of improvement in bilateral relations. The former professional wrestling star said he ...