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Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...

Apr 18, 2014

Theft may affect Minamata redress

A Chisso Corp. affiliate has fired an employee for allegedly embezzling ¥300 million linked to Chisso’s redress payments for Minamata disease, sources said Friday. The affiliate, JNC Fibers Corp., is expected to file a criminal complaint with the Shiga Prefectural Police against the former ...

Apr 18, 2014

21 users of schizophrenia drug dead

The death toll among people who have taken the schizophrenia drug Xeplion has climbed to 21, prompting the health ministry on Thursday to order the manufacturer to warn patients about its risks. The death toll was reportedly 17 on April 10. Although a causal ...

Apr 17, 2014

Dose study kept from returnees

The government sat on a radiation report about flawed dosimeter readings around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for six months while telling residents it was safe to return.

Apr 17, 2014

Kishida to postpone visit to Russia over U.S. ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone his planned visit to Russia, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined that the trip this month could affect Japan’s alliance with the United States, which blames Russia over growing unrest in eastern Ukraine, ...

Apr 17, 2014

ALPS unit hit by toxic water overflow

Around 1.1 tons of highly radioactive water overflowed from a waste container at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex while the experimental ALPS radiation-filtering system was being cleaned, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has reported. The overflow at the trouble-plagued water treatment system was noticed ...

Apr 17, 2014

Drone deployed to monitor erupting volcanic island

Japan dispatched a drone last month to survey Nishinoshima Island, the erupting volcano in the Ogasawara chain about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan said. The unmanned aerial vehicle will provide safer and cheaper data than conventional methods requiring ...

Apr 17, 2014

Abe rejects idea of replacing Yasukuni Shrine

Despite growing tensions generated by his controversial visit last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, saying the Shinto facility is too well known as a venue for mourning. ...