Annual agriculture income in Japan would plunge 14 pct to 2.5 trillion yen from the average of 2.9 trillion yen in 2006-2010 if Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and all tariffs in the nation are removed immediately as a result, an anti-TPP group said Friday.
Income would drop in all of Japan's 47 prefectures, according to the estimates by the group comprising university teachers.
The central prefecture of Toyama is projected to suffer the steepest drop of 33.5 pct, it said.
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. (seattletimes.com)
The eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan has revealed serious holes in efforts to ensure the safety of tourists and local residents near volcanoes, gaps that can be remedied only through more communication between local governments and the country's climate agency. (Nikkei)
Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old clerk at the Tokyo District Court and a 39-year-old employee of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on suspicion of molesting a woman in her 20s on the subway. (Japan Today)
The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. (Japan Times)