National Oct 21, 2014

Cabinet extends SDF mission in South Sudan

The Cabinet decided Tuesday to extend the Self-Defense Forces deployment in South Sudan by four months to the end of February. The decision came after the U.N. Security Council extended the operation of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, which the SDF personnel are part ...

National Oct 21, 2014

Abduction mission to N. Korea may leave Monday

Japan has sounded out North Korea about sending a delegation next Monday to check its investigation into the fate of people abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, government sources said Tuesday. The delegation, to be led by Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian ...

National Oct 21, 2014

Japan nominates three regions for agricultural heritage status

The farm ministry on Tuesday nominated three areas in Gifu, Wakayama and Miyazaki prefectures for addition to the world list of agricultural heritage. Their candidacy will be considered next year at an international conference on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Wakayama was put forward for its ...

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

National Oct 21, 2014

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

Fans boasted as having been handed out by ex-Justice Minister Midori Matsushima in her Tokyo electoral district are fetching more than ¥10,000 on a major Internet auction site. The "uchiwa" started appearing on Yahuoku (Yahoo Japan's online auction site) soon after the Democratic Party of ...

National / Crime & Legal Oct 21, 2014

Man admits killing Kobe girl, his lawyer says

The man arrested on suspicion of killing a 6-year-old girl in Kobe has confessed to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. Yasuhiro Kimino, an unemployed resident of the city who was arrested last month, had initially remained silent over the allegation that he murdered Mirei ...

National Oct 21, 2014

Market's 'bento' leave 33 sick in Aichi

Thirty-three people showed symptoms of food poisoning after eating boxed lunches made at a supermarket in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, the prefectural government said. Officials ordered the Shinsen Ichiba Iseya supermarket to suspend operations on Monday after the cases came to light. Participants at a residents' sports ...

National Oct 20, 2014

Japan, U.S. agree on new base environment accord

The Japanese and U.S. governments have effectively agreed on a new accord that allows local Japanese officials to enter U.S. military bases to conduct environmental surveys of land expected to be returned to Japanese control.