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Volcanic Nishinoshima still smoking, growing

Jul 25, 2014

Volcanic Nishinoshima still smoking, growing

Far-flung Nishinoshima Island is still smoldering and sending lava flowing from its craters into the Pacific Ocean, new aerial images showed Friday. The volcanic island some 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo has merged with a volcanic islet that formed in November and ...

Jul 25, 2014

Prosecutors seek 4½ years for Maruha food poisoner

Prosecutors sought on Friday a 4½-year prison term for the former contract worker who pleaded guilty to lacing frozen food with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture last year. Toshiki Abe, 49, was charged with obstructing the business of his former employer, Aqlifoods ...

Jul 25, 2014

Name list firm made ¥1.2 million selling Benesse client data

A name list trader who bought Benesse Corp.’s customer information from a systems engineer arrested last week resold information on some 4.5 million of the customers to an education company in Kyushu for ¥1.2 million (about $11,700), investigative sources said Friday. The Tokyo Metropolitan ...

'One Piece' manga exhibit to open in Seoul

Jul 25, 2014

'One Piece' manga exhibit to open in Seoul

An exhibition of the popular Japanese manga series “One Piece” will open Saturday at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul following a court ruling that found the government-run facility had no cause to rescind a contract for the show, organizers said Friday. The ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japan calls for immediate cease-fire in Gaza

Japan called Thursday for an immediate cease-fire to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem that Japan urges all parties to refrain from using excessive ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japan can hike female workforce by 1 million

Japan can increase its female workforce by about 1 million if it takes steps to improve the working environment for women who are raising children, the government said Friday in its annual economic and fiscal white paper. The white paper, submitted to the day’s ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japan to express concern about French warship sale to Russia

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to tell his French counterpart that Japan has strong concerns about France’s plan to sell two helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a Japanese government source. In a move meant to show support for its ally, the United States, ...