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Aug 24, 2016

Tokyo confirms Kanagawa man charged in China for alleged spying

One of four Japanese who were arrested by Chinese authorities between last year and early this year over alleged involvement in spying activities has been indicted, sources privy to Sino-Japan relations said Tuesday. The man from Kanagawa Prefecture was detained in May last year ...

Aug 23, 2016

Okinawa media union protests forcible removal of reporters

A group of labor unions for media in Okinawa Prefecture issued a statement of protest after two local newspaper reporters were forcibly removed by riot police while covering protests last week near a helipad construction site in a U.S. military training area. The act ...

Former Prime Minister Mori behind Abe's surprising Mario appearance

Aug 23, 2016

Former Prime Minister Mori behind Abe's surprising Mario appearance

The idea for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprising “Super Mario” appearance at the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics came originally from former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, now president of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. The behind-the-scenes story was disclosed by ...

Aug 23, 2016

U.S. to deploy F-35 fighters in western Japan next year

The central government has informed the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture that 16 F-35 fighters will be deployed at the U.S. military base in the first half of next year. It will reportedly be the first overseas deployment of the F-35. High-ranking officials from ...

Aug 23, 2016

U.N. plans guidelines to combat hacking of self-driving cars: source

A U.N. working party will adopt guidelines as soon as November for preventing cyberattacks on network systems used in self-driving vehicles, a source involved in the negotiations said. The guidelines will call on automakers to introduce specific measures for alerting drivers when attacks are ...