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Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

Okinawa appeals Futenma base landfill ruling

Sep 23, 2016

Okinawa appeals Futenma base landfill ruling

The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Friday appealed a high court ruling that said its cancellation of landfill work for the central government’s effort to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is illegal. The ruling was the first of its kind in the intensifying ...

Fate of tainted Fukushima cows takes scientific twist

Sep 23, 2016

Fate of tainted Fukushima cows takes scientific twist

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In an abandoned Japanese village, cows grazing in lush green fields begin to gather when they hear the familiar noise of the ranch owner’s mini-pickup. This isn’t feeding time, though. Instead, the animals are about to be measured for how they’re affected by living ...

Sep 23, 2016

Sagamihara massacre site to be razed, rebuilt

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government decided Friday to raze and rebuild the Sagamihara care home that became the scene of Japan’s worst mass killing in postwar history. The prefectural government held a meeting the same day to discuss ways to protect and revitalize the Tsukui ...

Sep 23, 2016

Twitter sees inquiries surge from Japanese authorities

Japanese government inquiries about individual Twitter users surged in the first half of the year, the microblogging service said. Inquiries from January to June jumped 64 percent over the preceding half to 732, ranking second only to the 2,520 inquiries made by U.S. authorities, ...