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Jun 28, 2015

Voluntary drone flyer certification exam in works

A private organization set up by drone users in Japan plans to launch a voluntary certification exam this summer to promote good morals. Drones have been drawing increased attention thanks to stunts, protests and accidents. A radioactive one was belatedly found on the roof ...

Jun 28, 2015

Stationmaster cat Tama mourned, turned into goddess in Wakayama

Tama the stationmaster, the feline star of a struggling Japanese railway, has been mourned by railway officials and fans and elevated to a goddess at a funeral. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster of Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007. In her custom-made ...

Jun 28, 2015

Abe eyes Putin talks in September or later

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two leaders join international gatherings overseas in September or later, a government source said Saturday. Abe expects any summit to lay the groundwork for a visit by Putin to Japan ...

Jun 28, 2015

Defense Ministry might take Okinawa to court

The Defense Ministry might take Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to court if he nullifies the government’s approval of reclamation work for a U.S. replacement base in the prefecture, a senior ministry official said. A third-party committee set up by Onaga, who took office last ...

METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

Jun 28, 2015

METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to develop a free smartphone app that scans sake labels to provide information in Japanese and English. The app will display such data as alcohol content, the variety of rice used and recommended drinking temperatures, as ...