The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering installing an X-band radar system at an Air Self-Defense Force base in western Japan in a bid to build up the missile defense system to counter the North Korean missile threat, several sources close to bilateral relations said Saturday.
The Kyogamisaki sub base in Kyotango, located on the Sea of Japan coast, has been picked as the best place to deploy the large-scale U.S. radar unit as it is likely that a North Korean missile targeting Guam or Hawaii will fly over western or central parts of Japan.
X-band radar, capable of precisely tracking the trajectory of a ballistic missile, allows U.S. forces to launch intercept missiles from the ground and sea once a ballistic missile has been detected. Guam and Hawaii are strategically important strong-points for the U.S. military.
Tokyo police are questioning a man who has reportedly admitted to vandalizing books at libraries. They are investigating whether he is linked to a series of vandalism attacks on books related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust. (NHK )
An explosion apparently caused by a gas leak forced two five-story buildings in New York to collapse almost entirely on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing, according to New York City officials and local media reports. (Jiji Press )
A "transparency toilet" was recently rolled out in the Japanese city of Oita. When in use, the transparent window goes opaque. However, according to reports, the toilet can inadvertently expose those inside for all to see. (Kotaku )
Police linked 37 suicides last year in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures to the March 2011 disaster, up 13 from a year earlier, with the tally rising progressively each year in Fukushima, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Japan Times )
Sometimes when life gets you down, you just want to get away. Run, bike, drive; whatever it takes to get out of the current situation and into a happier state. That's exactly how one middle-aged man from Chiba Prefecture was feeling when he decided to leave his failing business and begin a nomadic life traveling across Japan. (Japan Today )
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
About 38 miles inland from the plant lies the commercial city of Koriyama, where some of the smallest children barely know what it is like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives. (telegraph.co.uk )