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.
Japan's biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, has apologized to its readers for using the term "sex slaves" and "other inappropriate expressions" to describe the women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. (washingtonpost.com)
Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. (Japan Times)
Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun said Friday it will cut the pay of two reporters over the retraction of their articles on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying they erred in describing the tumultuous few days after the accident. (Kyodo)
Police have arrested a 47-year-old man on arson and attempted murder charges after he attempted to set a hospital on fire in Hachioji, Tokyo, by throwing Molotov cocktails against walls inside the building. (Japan Today)
The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Wednesday convicted two men over the illegal disposal of a body after they dumped the body of a young woman in a cardboard box near a quarry in Sano on Aug 4. (Japan Today)