Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday promised to make all-out efforts to prevent impacts on the fishing industry from leaks of radiation-contaminated water from its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
At a meeting with National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations head Hiroshi Kishi, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose apologized for the massive water leaks.
Hirose said the company has set up a task force directly supervised by him to deal with the water leaks at the plant, which was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)