The Maritime Self-Defense Force has grounded the next-generation mainstay P-1 patrol planes due to engine trouble, Defense Ministry sources said Thursday.
On May 13, a P-1 aircraft developed unstable combustion in some of its four jet engines during a test flight over the Pacific off Aichi Prefecture, after diving to an altitude of 8,000 meters from 10,000 meters, the sources said, without elaborating, except to say the pilot managed to restart the engines before landing.
The MSDF grounded the planes from the following day.
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)