The disaster in March last year might create a problem in correcting clocks this weekend.
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, which sets Japan Standard Time, added a leap second between 8:59.59 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday for the first time in three years.
However, the standard radio wave transmission station that transmits standard time throughout the country is located on Mt. Otakadoya in Fukushima Prefecture, and the area bore the brunt of the Great East Japan Earthquake last year.
Until March this year, the area around the station was in the no-entry zone put in place at the outset of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The mountain, which is only 17 kilometers from the plant, straddles the city of Tamura and the village of Kawauchi, both in Fukushima Prefecture.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )