The Emperor and Empress have visited Iwate, one of the 3 Japanese prefectures hardest-hit by the March 11th 2011 tsunami and earthquake. They spoke to people still living as evacuees in temporary housing.
The Emperor and Empress arrived in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture on Thursday. This was their first trip to the prefecture in 2 years.
Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso and Tono Mayor Toshiaki Honda briefed the Imperial couple about the situation of reconstruction work in the region.
The couple then visited a temporary housing complex where more than 60 people have moved from Kamaishi and other coastal areas devastated by the tsunami.
The mother of House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda was arrested Wednesday for alleged illegal electioneering involving the Tokushukai hospital group, the power base of Tokuda. (Jiji Press )
The number of people in Japan making overnight or longer travels during the year-end and New Year holiday period is expected to mark a record high of 30,526,000, up 2 pct from a year before, JTB Corp. said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Japan launched Wednesday a U.S.-style National Security Council to speed up policy decisions on diplomacy and defense to cope with security challenges amid increasing Chinese assertiveness at sea and in airspace. (Global Post )
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press )
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There is a fairly well-documented sex doll subculture in Japan, and one of its leading manufacturers is Orient Industry. Gaga and Universal Music Group's Japanese branch recruited the company to make replicas of the pop star. (businessinsider.com.au )
A 28-year-old Japanese woman was aboard a commuter train that crashed after derailing in the Bronx borough of New York on Sunday morning, the Japanese consulate-general in the city said Monday. (Jiji Press )