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Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

Jul 29, 2015

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

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Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Wednesday “a sense of crisis” drove him to join protesters outside the Diet who were rallying against legislation that would overhaul the country’s security policies. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, the 91-year-old expressed concern about ...

Jul 29, 2015

Rider of brakeless bike is first to get safety course summons

Osaka’s public safety commission will order a 29-year-old man to attend a bicycle safety lecture after repeated road violations, in the first such case following a legal revision last month, police said Wednesday. The man, a resident of Osaka’s Taisho Ward, was given traffic ...

Jul 29, 2015

Fukuoka ancient monuments touted for UNESCO heritage list

The Council for Cultural Affairs has picked a group of five ancient monuments in Fukuoka Prefecture as a candidate for UNESCO cultural heritage status in 2017. The government will recommend the Munakata-Okinoshima monuments to UNESCO by next Feb. 1 for screening by the World ...

Jul 29, 2015

Fukushima compensation increased to ¥7 trillion

The government has approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima nuclear crisis to ¥7.07 trillion as tens of thousands of evacuees remain in temporary housing more than four years after the disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Co. will receive ¥950 billion more in ...