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Feb 26, 2017

New Kenoudo Expressway segment in Ibaraki links six thoroughfares

A 28.5-km (17.7-mile) section of the Kenoudo Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture opened Sunday, allowing it to link six major expressways stretching from the Tokyo metropolitan area to other regions. Nearby residents hope the opening of the section between the Sakai-Koga Interchange and the Tsukuba-Chuo ...

Feb 26, 2017

Fire breaks out at Cambodian Embassy dormitory

A fire broke out at a Cambodian Embassy dormitory in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Saturday. The Tokyo Fire Department sent 20 fire engines and other vehicles to the site in the Akasaka district after it received an emergency call at around 12:35 p.m. The ...

Feb 26, 2017

U.S. sailor nabbed for DUI in Okinawa

A U.S. sailor was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday. According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, Seaman Apprentice Timothy Foster, 34, was arrested on a road in the town of Chatan around 1 a.m. on a charge of driving ...

Smoking ban to cover small 'izakaya,' yakitori eateries

Feb 26, 2017

Smoking ban to cover small 'izakaya,' yakitori eateries

A smoking ban the health ministry plans to impose on most restaurants will cover small izakaya (taverns) and yakitori eateries, informed sources said. The amending the health promotion law, the ministry aims to prohibit indoor smoking at bars and restaurants. Faced with strong opposition ...

Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

Feb 26, 2017

Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

The Environment Ministry has launched a project to get 10 million foreign people visiting Japan’s national parks each year by 2020 amid record-breaking tourism numbers. Overseas visitors are believed to have numbered 4,902,000 in 2015 and 5,457,000 in 2016. To increase the appeal of ...

Feb 26, 2017

'White hat' hackers see rising demand for protection in corporate Japan

“White hat” hackers who spot security vulnerabilities may be one of the most sought-after professions today as Japan’s tech firms struggle to cope with the rising threat of cyberattacks. White hats are tasked with guarding computer networks against “black hats,” the malicious hackers who ...