Apple joins Google in noting Japan's claim to islands
Asahi -- Nov 03
Apple Inc.'s online mapping service is to add the name "Takeshima" to islets claimed by both Japan and South Korea, after earlier marking the isles with only their Korean name for viewers in third-party countries.
On Nov. 1, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Apple had notified it of the planned change.
In future, Apple users in countries other than Japan and South Korea will see the islets known as "Dokdo" in Korean labeled with three names together: "Takeshima," "Dokdo," and "Liancourt Rocks."
But viewers in Japan and South Korea will see the islets labeled with only one name, "Takeshima" in Japan and "Dokdo" in South Korea, the ministry said, citing Apple.
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo Wednesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama enjoyed an informal dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a top-rated sushi restaurant in the posh Ginza shopping district. (Jiji Press )
The education ministry conducted national academic achievement tests on Tuesday for all final-year students at primary and middle schools across the country. About 2.24 million students at about 30,000 schools took Japanese and mathematics exams. (The Japan News )
Police in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, admitted Wednesday that they mistakenly arrested a woman in her 20s over her suspected involvement in a blackmail case which occurred in January of this year. (Japan Today )
Tokyo High Court ordered the state and a former Maritime Self-Defense Force officer on Wednesday to pay 73 million yen in compensation for the 2004 suicide of a junior crewman of an MSDF destroyer after bullying by the officer. (Jiji Press )
The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today )
A former judge from the Ministry of Justice is alleged to have installed a camera inside a women's toilet inside a ministry building in Kasumigaseki, people with knowledge of the matter announced on Monday, reports Sports Nippon (Apr. 22). (Tokyo Reporter )
Police in Fuso, Aichi Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man for attempted murder after he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her and her parents. (Japan Today )