4 Ospreys fly to Iwakuni base without notice to Japan
Jiji Press -- Mar 20
Four MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft came to the U.S. Marine Corps' Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, on Tuesday afternoon without prior notice to the Japanese government.
The tilt-rotor transporter planes belonging to the Marine's Futenma air station in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa arrived at the base in mainland Japan between 1:40 p.m. (4:40 a.m. GMT) and 2:10 p.m.
Before landing at the base, the planes were spotted by local people flying over Saijou, Ehime Prefecture, and Kami and Motoyama, both Kochi Prefecture, during 20 minutes from one p.m.
Japan marked the third anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami Tuesday with prayers for more than 18,000 people who died or remain missing in the catastrophe, which also triggered the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. (Kyodo )
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 )
The Fisheries Agency on Monday announced plans to slash Japan's catches of immature bluefin tuna around the country by half from the average level in 2002-2004 for the time being from 2015, in an effort to help recover shrinking tuna stocks in the Pacific. (Jiji Press )
University of Yamanashi Prof. Teruhiko Wakayama who coauthored articles about stimulus-triggered acquisition pluripotency (STAP) cells with RIKEN researcher Haruko Obokata and others proposed on Monday that all the researchers involved withdraw the articles, saying there are many questionable points. (The Japan News )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )