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Aug 5, 2015

Private-sector group issues drone safe-use guidelines

A group of companies and research institutions in Japan announced guidelines for the safe use of drones at a symposium held in Tokyo Tuesday. The first-ever safety guidelines for the unmanned aerial systems in the country, compiled by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, ...

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Aug 4, 2015

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said it will print 400,000 more copies of comedian Naoki Matayoshi’s novel “Hibana” (“Spark”), bringing the total number past the 2 million mark amid robust sales after it won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize last month. The print run is expected to ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country’s 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come ...

Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

Aug 4, 2015

Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

The number of people across Japan taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke or heat exhaustion stood at 11,672 in the week to Sunday, the most in a single week since officials started compiling comparable statistics in 2008, the Fire and Disaster Management ...