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Apr 26, 2017

Asahikawa iron factory blast leaves one dead, five injured

An explosion at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on Tuesday morning killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said. The 56-year-old manager, Akira Sato, died at a local hospital after suffering serious burns from the 8:30 a.m. blast at ...

Japan, U.S. hold missile defense drill in Sea of Japan

Apr 25, 2017

Japan, U.S. hold missile defense drill in Sea of Japan

Japan and the United States held a joint exercise involving their Aegis-equipped ships in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, amid heightened tension over North Korea. The Maritime Self-Defense Force had already conducted an exercise involving its destroyers and the U.S. nuclear-powered carrier Carl ...

Kansai Electric seeks mid-May restart for two Fukui reactors

Apr 25, 2017

Kansai Electric seeks mid-May restart for two Fukui reactors

Kansai Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will seek to restart its two idled reactors in Fukui Prefecture starting in mid-May. Shigeki Iwane, the utility’s president, presented the plan at the Takahama plant during a meeting with Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa. “It is correct ...

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

/ Apr 25, 2017

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

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Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, resigned Wednesday in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster. Imamura submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning. Masayoshi Yoshino, a former senior vice environment minister ...

/ Apr 25, 2017

Dentsu may face prosecution for overwork suicide

The labor ministry referred advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and three officials from its offices in Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto to prosecutors on Tuesday on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law by making employees work overtime beyond legal limits. The move came after a ...

Apr 25, 2017

Victims of JR West derailment remembered 12 years after tragedy

The families of the 107 people killed in a 2005 train derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, observed the 12th anniversary of the disaster on Tuesday and mourned the victims of the accident apparently caused by inadequate safety measures. West Japan Railway Co., also known ...

Six injured in iron factory blast in Hokkaido

Apr 25, 2017

Six injured in iron factory blast in Hokkaido

A furnace exploded Tuesday morning at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, leaving six people injured and prompting nearby residents and workers to evacuate the area for fear of further blasts, police and firefighters said. Sixteen people were taken to a hospital, including one ...