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68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling “dappo” (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of quasi-legal drugs in the capital. About ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Jul 10, 2014

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Thursday arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for a martial arts extravaganza next month and said he plans to express his “true opinions” to North Korean officials amid signs of improvement in bilateral relations. The former professional wrestling star said he ...

Jul 10, 2014

Consultancy, three officials face bribery charges in Vietnam aid project

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a Tokyo-based consultancy and three of its officials for allegedly bribing Vietnam Railways officials for favors in conjunction with a Japan-funded project in Hanoi. The suspects, including Tamio Kakinuma, 65, former president of Japan Transportation Consultants Inc., were charged ...

Typhoon leaves seven dead as it heads toward Tokyo

Jul 10, 2014

Typhoon leaves seven dead as it heads toward Tokyo

A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Thursday, ripping up trees, causing widespread flooding and sending mudslides plowing into houses. At least seven people were reported dead and nearly 50 injured. Tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter as Japan’s eighth typhoon ...

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. Osprey aircraft may fly to Shizuoka, Tokyo

United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft deployed to Okinawa Prefecture could head across the country to two U.S. bases in central and eastern Japan next week, Japanese defense and local officials said Thursday. It would be the Osprey’s first visit to Camp ...

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

Jul 10, 2014

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

A second trekking route to the summit of Mt. Fuji opened on Thursday, allowing hikers to begin the climb from Shizuoka Prefecture. But heavy snow near the top meant the upper reaches of two other routes from the prefecture remain closed. Local officials marked ...