小野寺防衛相、与那国島を訪問 陸自駐屯地の起工式に出席
Japan sets up military post on western island
Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.
Serial burglar suspected of over 100 thefts
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 41-year-old construction worker on suspicion of stealing over 10 million yen in cash and precious jewels.
16,000 police mobilized to protect Obama
The National Police Agency will mobilize 16,000 police officers to ensure tight security during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan from April 23 to April 25.
皇居一般参観 4日間の土曜日開催はすでに定員に
天皇陛下の傘寿、80歳を記念し、普段は平日に行われている皇居の一般参観が、土曜日­の19日、実施された。 今回の参観は、陛下の傘寿を記念し、平日に参観できない人のために、特別に実施されて­いるもの。
Japan opens Imperial Palace to public
Japan opened the Imperial Palace to the public on Saturday, starting a string of special palace openings to celebrate the longevity of Emperor Akihito who turned 80 last December.
Radiation exposure estimate for returnees released
The Japanese government on Friday issued estimates of how much radiation residents would be exposed if they return to their homes near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Japan to continue whaling in Pacific
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday.
Male cross-dresser arrested for assaulting 3 elementary school students
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on assault charges for allegedly attacked a 10-year-old elementary school boy and two others as they were playing in Yokosuka City in February of this year.
ノーベル文学賞の有力候補でもある村上春樹さん。9年ぶりの短編集が18日に発売され­ます。 最初に購入した客:「一番最初に手に取れて、本当にうれしいです。
Murakami's new book hits shelves amid fan frenzy; more ordered
Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit store shelves in Japan on Friday with excited fans lining up for the midnight launch.
TPP日米閣僚会談終了 一定の前進も主張の隔たり埋まらず
Japan, U.S. fail to narrow differences in TPP talks
Japan and the United States ended their three-day ministerial talks in Washington on Friday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade initiative, being unable to narrow differences over Japanese tariffs in key farm product categories.
電車内で女性の胸などを触ったとして、警視庁の警部が現行犯逮捕されました。 警視庁牛込警察署の警部・稲田晃容疑者(53)は17日夜、埼玉県の東武東上線の車内­で、23歳の女性の胸などを触った疑いが持たれています。
Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train
A police officer has been arrested for assaulting a woman on a train car in Tokyo. Police identified the suspect as Akira Inada, 53, who works at the Ushigome Station.
AKB 新メンバーは37歳!
Homemaker joins Japan girl band AKB48
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 has added a 37-year-old mother of two to the wildly popular all-girl group as it looks to broaden the appeal of its teen-dominated line-up.
熊本・鳥インフル ウイルスは「H5N8亜型」 日本での確認は初
熊本・多良木町の養鶏場で、鳥インフルエンザの感染が確認された問題で、農林水産省は­、今回のウイルスが「H5N8亜型」と確認されたと発表した。 H5N8亜型のウイルスが日本で確認されるのは初めて。
Bird fu in Japan has same virus type as S. Korea flu
Japan's farm ministry said Thursday that the highly pathogenic avian influenza found at a poultry farm in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto has been confirmed to be the H5N8 subtype, the same virus strain as the bird flu found in South Korea.
米・オバマ大統領訪日 首都圏主要駅のロッカー、使用中止へ
Station lockers to close for Obama visit
Train operators in Tokyo and surrounding areas will be shutting down coin-operated luggage lockers at main stations before and during US President Barack Obama's visit next week, as a security measure.
パトカー追跡の軽自動車が海に転落、運転男性死亡 岡山・倉敷市
Car being chased by police plunges into sea, killing driver
A man was killed after the car he was driving plunged into the sea while he was being chased by a police car in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Thursday morning.
トヨタ「カムリ」異例の大幅変更 NYモーターショー
ニューヨークで開幕した国際自動車見本市で、トヨタが主力車の「カムリ」のデザインを­大幅に変えてお披露目しました。中型セダン市場でアメリカ、韓国メーカーの猛追をかわ­す狙いがあります。 トヨタは、3年前にカムリを全面改良したばかりですが、今回、デザインなどを大幅に変­更しました。
Toyota revamps Camry to win midsize car war
Toyota Motor Corp. showed off a reworked Camry that sports deeper-stamped body panels and a modified cabin as the world's largest automaker works to keep its benchmark sedan the U.S. market's best-selling car.
Govt. revises down economic assessment
Japan's government downgraded its assessment for the current state of the country's economy. This is partly due to a downturn in demand after the consumption tax hike. The downward revision is the first in 17 months.
春の園遊会 両陛下が羽生結弦選手らメダリストを祝福
羽生結弦選手(19)やレジェンド・葛西紀明選手(41)ら、ソチのメダリストが春の­園遊会に招かれた。 初夏を思わせる日差しの中、赤坂御苑で開かれた天皇・皇后両陛下主催の春の園遊会。
Imperial couple hosts spring garden party
Japan's Emperor and Empress have hosted more than 2,000 guests at their Spring Imperial Garden Party.
コンビニ店とカラオケボックスがドッキングしました。 コンビニ大手のファミリーマートとカラオケチェーン大手の第一興商が組んだ新型店がオ­ープンしました。
Karaoke in a convenience store? Yes, says Japan!
For many of us, whether we're good at it or not - we all love to sing. And sometimes while shopping for groceries or essentials, we've always wondered: why can't we just sing as the cashier prepares the bill? Or if you're shopping with someone who is taking their time with each item, and you're horribly bored. Why not belt out the lyrics of that song you love? Well, if you're in Japan, you can.
Itochu reveals embezzlement
Major Japanese trading firm Itochu says a former employee embezzled about 7 million dollars from the company.
今市女児殺害事件から8年 30代男が関与ほのめかす
Man in his 30s being questioned over murder of 7-year-old girl in 2005
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder.
汚染水タンク陸揚げ 兵庫から福島へ海上輸送
増え続ける汚染水を貯蔵するための巨大なタンクが海上輸送され、17日朝から福島第一­原発での陸揚げ作業が始まりました。 タンクは汚染水が700t入る大きさで、兵庫県から海上輸送され、午前7時半に到着し­ました。
Contaminated water leaks from container at Fukushima plant
Just over one ton of water contaminated with radioactive particulates leaked from one of the containment vessels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.
今年8月の電力需給は西日本で厳しいものの、全国平均では、最低限必要な予備率3%を­上回る4.6%を確保出来る見通しとなりました。 電力各社は、原発再稼働を前提とせずに数値を出し、経済産業省が取りまとめて、17日­に開かれた電力需給の検証委員会に示しました。
Japan to secure minimum required power supply capacity in summer
Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity when electricity demand peaks in August, even if all the country's nuclear reactors remain offline, estimates by major regional utilities showed Thursday.
阿武隈川で子ども3人が流される 6歳男児死亡、3歳女児重体
6-year-old boy dead, 3-year-old girl in coma after being swept away in river
A 6-year-old boy died and a 3-year-old girl remains in a coma after they were swept away by a strong current in a river in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon.
「雪の大谷」今年も出現! 立山黒部アルペンルート
3000m級の北アルプスを貫く「立山黒部アルペンルート」が全線開通しました。 立山黒部アルペンルートは、北アルプスを貫いて富山県と長野県を結ぶ山岳観光ルートで­す。除雪作業が完了し、最高地点の室堂近くの道路沿いには一番の見どころ「雪の大谷」­が出現しました。
Spectacular snow walls
People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes through the Northern Japan Alps to link Toyama and Nagano prefectures.
マウントゴックスの民事再生法適用申請棄却 東京地裁
Court denies MtGox rehabilitation
A Japanese court has rejected a plan to rebuild the failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox under the civil rehabilitation law.