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Upper House begins deliberations on conspiracy bill

/ May 29, 2017

Upper House begins deliberations on conspiracy bill

Debate on a bill to penalize the planning of serious crimes kicked off in the Upper House on Monday after passing the powerful Lower House last week amid public protests sparked by fears the legislation could lead to serious abuses of power. The ruling ...

Tepco visits Niigata residents to apologize for latest safety blunder

May 29, 2017

Tepco visits Niigata residents to apologize for latest safety blunder

Representatives of Tokyo Electric on Monday began visiting about 41,000 households around its idled nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture to apologize for withholding vital safety information about a facility there. The utility, which also runs the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant, is pushing ...

Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

May 29, 2017

Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

The organizer of the famous Kishiwada Danjiri Festival in Osaka will remake its poster for this year’s event because a yakuza appeared on it. The Kishiwada Police Department said Sunday that a member of Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation’s biggest crime syndicate, is in the poster, ...

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

May 29, 2017

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

Ten Japanese groups engaged in kimono-related activities Monday called on the government to apply to have waso, the technique for dressing in the traditional attire, put on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Japan Kimono League, an organization aiming to protect kimono culture and ...