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Six Japanese being held in China over 'illegal activities'

Chinese authorities have put six Japanese men into detention since March, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed Monday amid growing speculation they are being held for suspected espionage. “We were notified by China that three Japanese men each, six in total, had been detained in March by the Chinese authorities ...

Princess Mako, parents create stir with museum visit in Ueno

May 22, 2017

Princess Mako, parents create stir with museum visit in Ueno

Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Emperor Akihito, was congratulated by bystanders about her impending engagement to a former university classmate as she visited a Tokyo museum Monday to perform her first official duty since the news broke last week. The 25-year-old princess, accompanied ...

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

May 22, 2017

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. The MPD asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving amid an uptick in ...

Tokyo Skytree tallies fifth anniversary

May 22, 2017

Tokyo Skytree tallies fifth anniversary

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, marked its fifth anniversary on Monday. As of March, about 26 million people had visited the popular landmark, which is surrounded by the Tokyo Solamachi commercial complex, and around 180 million had visited the entire site, according ...

/ May 22, 2017

Shimizu cruises to third term in Saitama mayoral race

Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu was re-elected to a third term over the weekend, decisively defeating his two rivals. Shimizu, 55, ran on his accomplishments in administrative and fiscal reform in Sunday’s election. Running as an independent, he was backed by Democratic Party members of ...

May 22, 2017

Man held for random knife, bat attacks that injured five in Chiba

A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly injuring five men with a cooking knife and a baseball bat during apparently random assaults in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture. The suspect was identified as Norio Shibata, who reportedly lives in the city. He was arrested on ...