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Dec 18, 2014

Japan eyes providing patrol boats to Indonesia to fight piracy

Japan is arranging to provide patrol boats to Indonesia to support its fight against piracy, government sources said Wednesday, a move seen as part of efforts to assist Asian countries to boost their security capabilities in the face of China’s maritime assertiveness. Since last ...

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Dec 17, 2014

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Japan and the United States held a nuclear contamination exercise at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Wednesday. The drill centered on the scenario of a crew member aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington being exposed to radiation. About 170 ...

Dec 17, 2014

New Tokyo fish market to open in November 2016

A new wholesale market will open in early November 2016 in Tokyo’s Toyosu district to replace the storied Tsukiji fish market, the construction committee decided Wednesday. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to complete the construction of the new market by March 2016 as Tsukiji, ...

Dec 17, 2014

Panel to examine cycling safety measures after rise in collisions

As more people take to cycling and collisions with pedestrians increase, the transport ministry is looking at supporting municipalities’ efforts to build additional dedicated lanes. The ministry said it will set up a panel of experts Friday to examine the best way to promote ...

Dec 17, 2014

Government to beef up jobs program for ex-convicts

The Abe administration will boost a program that encourages companies to hire former convicts, raising the number of such firms to 1,500 from the current level of around 500 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The target, aimed at rehabilitating criminals and reducing the number ...

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Dec 17, 2014

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Snow, strong winds and high waves hit wide areas of Japan on Wednesday. One motorist was killed, and a number of airplane passengers were injured in heavy turbulence. Trains and flights were severely disrupted, particularly in Hokkaido and Tohoku as a low-pressure system developed ...