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Nerve gas attack training drill held at Hibiya Station

Nov 20, 2014

Nerve gas attack training drill held at Hibiya Station

First responders including police and fire fighters conducted a drill at a Tokyo subway station on Thursday, the first of its kind held at an actual transit facility. Around 300 specialists responded to a hypothetical emergency involving sarin nerve gas at Hibiya Station, which ...

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

Nov 20, 2014

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan in the first 10 months of this year hit an estimated 11 million, topping last year’s annual record of 10.36 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. Tourists from China and other countries are apparently traveling ...

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Nov 19, 2014

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Olympic venue costs for the 2020 Games could be reduced to about ¥260 billion ($2.2 billion) from an earlier estimate of ¥460 billion ($3.9 billion), according to a report released Wednesday following discussions between officials with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Olympic ...

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Nov 19, 2014

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election was met with anger in communities affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Many people in the affected areas are concerned about a further delay ...

China mourns death of film legend Takakura

Nov 19, 2014

China mourns death of film legend Takakura

China on Wednesday mourned the death of Japanese film star Ken Takakura, in a rare expression of cultural affinity between the Asian rivals. Best known in the West for his role as a tough detective in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain,” Takakura came to prominence ...

Nov 19, 2014

Diet stiffens penalties for poaching after Chinese incursions

The Diet passed bills Wednesday to strengthen penalties for poaching in the nation’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, following a recent surge in coral poaching by Chinese vessels in Japanese waters. The revisions in fisheries regulations raise the fine for poaching in Japanese ...