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Sep 4, 2015

Japan's medical spending to top ¥40 trillion in fiscal 2014

Japan’s medical expenses in the year to March 2015 are certain to hit a new high above ¥40 trillion ($332 billion) on the back of the nation’s graying population, health ministry data showed Thursday. Spending is likely to set a record for the 12th ...

Sep 4, 2015

Mystery man found dead among 3/11 rubble finally identified

A body pulled from burned debris after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has finally been identified as that of a 63-year-old man, according to the Miyagi Prefectural Police. The police said Thursday that the charred body was found in ...

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Sep 4, 2015

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Disused undersea telecommunications cables from before the war are becoming a headache for fishermen in Hokkaido when they inadvertently hook sections lying on the seabed, tearing their nets. Historians nevertheless are pleased to see the artifacts from Japanese prewar history. For Yasushi Shimizu, 42, ...