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Aug 19, 2014

Family sues school over son's suicide

The parents of a high school student who leaped to his death after an allegedly violent dressing down in class are suing the school. The family is seeking ¥140 million in damages from the private high school in Ishikawa Prefecture, for the 15-year-old boy’s ...

Aug 19, 2014

N. Korean stimulant smuggling networks extend to Japan, South Korea

Networks for smuggling North Korean-made stimulants, chiefly via border areas of northeastern China, are reaching Japan and South Korea, studies by Chinese scholars have found. China’s public security authorities have stepped up crackdowns on narcotics crime groups that closely link North Koreans, Chinese, including ...

Aug 19, 2014

SDF struggling to attract enough reservists

The number of civilians registered as reservists with the Self-Defense Forces is dwindling, mainly due to the difficulty of balancing training with civilian careers, according to a military official.

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

Aug 19, 2014

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

A fire broke out Monday night on a fishing boat about 20 km off the coast of Otsuchi Bay, Iwate Prefecture, and two members of the crew are missing. One of the other 14 rescued members was injured. The Japan Coast Guard is searching ...

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Aug 19, 2014

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Four MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew on Monday to the Atsugi air base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture for the third time amid local protests. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft will conduct landing and takeoff ...