Japan punishes reconstruction official for slanderous tweets
Jiji Press -- Jun 21
Japan's Reconstruction Agency has punished a senior official for slanderous tweets on a group and a lawmaker that he had dealt with in his capacity as an agency official, Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto said Friday.

Agency counselor Yasuhisa Mizuno, 45, will be suspended from work for 30 days, effective the same day. Nemoto will voluntarily return one month's salary.

インターネットのツイッターで市民団体などを中傷した復興庁の幹部に停職30日の処分­です。
Sources: Jiji Press, ANNnewsCH
May 26
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed his guests at Ise Shrine on Thursday morning at the opening of the Group of Seven summit. Abe is chairing the 2-day meeting at Ise-Shima in central Japan. (NHK)
May 26
Almost 100,000 police have been deployed across Japan to ensure security during the Group of Seven summit at Ise-Shima. (NHK)
May 25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday made a pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrine, the holiest site in Japan's Shinto religion, a day before he hosts a Group of Seven (G-7) summit nearby. (Japan Today)
May 25
A 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after taking a woman hostage and barricading an apartment in the western Japan prefecture of Ehime for over 16 hours, police said. (Japan Today)
May 25
A panel of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department came up with a report on Wednesday calling for legal regulations on the so-called JK business, in which high school girls offer such services as massage and dating. (Jiji Press)
May 26
A utility knife sitting on the floor near an intoxicated man's bag caused quite a stir in a Tokyo subway station, NHK reported on Thursday (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 26
A Japanese man was arrested Wednesday in Thailand on suspicion of raping and sexually harassing a number boys aged between 13 and 15 in the country's northern province of Chiang Mai, investigators said. (Japan Times)
May 26
The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday handed an American male an 18-month prison sentence in the death of a woman in Miura City last July, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
May 25
A 1-year-old boy fell to his death from the 6th floor of his family apartment in Kyoto's Tsurumai city in an apparent accident, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
May 25
You know something has become a cultural phenomenon when it gets its own slang! (rocketnews24.com)
May 25
Osaka Prefectural Police have accused a chain of members-only restaurants of illegally serving the innards of a poisonous blowfish to customers, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
May 25
Nine Ground Self-Defense Force members shot as many as 79 live rounds at one another by mistake in an exercise in Hokkaido on Monday, the GSDF said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
May 25
Most of the 750 million yen ($6.8 million) in relief money for victims of the powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan last month has not been disbursed, local government officials said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
May 24
Rakugo storyteller Katsura Utamaru has left the "Shoten" television comedy show after 50 years of appearances. (the-japan-news.com)
May 23
A woman was arrested for sneaking into singer Masaharu Fukuyama's apartment in Tokyo, police said on Sunday. (Tokyo Reporter)