The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor said Friday it had skipped inspections of another 2,300 pieces of equipment, in the latest sign of its lax safety management.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency was already found to have failed to conduct inspections at appropriate intervals on nearly 10,000 devices, leading nuclear regulators to issue an order in late May effectively prohibiting the Monju reactor from restarting until steps are taken to prevent a recurrence.
The JAEA, a national research institute, reported the latest blunders during a safety inspection carried out by the Nuclear Regulation Authority between June 3 and Friday.
The number of influenza patients across Japan reached a an estimated 720,000 in the week through Sunday, more than doubling form the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. (Jiji Press)
While Japanese cool hunters might lament the lack of pop cultural exports in recent years - all the more conspicuous when compared to K-Pop's successful forays westward - kawaii (cute) culture has quietly permeated into global consciousness with all the effortless grace of singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu farting out a rainbow. (Japan Times)
A court in the Chinese province of Jiangsu has sentenced a 45-year-old Japanese man to death for transporting illegal drugs for sale, a source close to Japan-China relations said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Since 2010, the Bimajo Contest beauty pageant has been challenging the idea that if you're old enough to have graduated from college you're just about too old to be considered beautiful. (rocketnews24.com)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a member of the bosozoku motorcycle gang Dragon for assaulting a customer in a bar he managed earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)