Young Japanese Envoys Kept Off Anti - Nuke Stage In Geneva

Young Japanese envoys kept off anti-nuke stage in Geneva

Japanese high school students at the annual Conference on Disarmament in Geneva were not allowed to offer speeches on Aug. 22 after other countries questioned their participation on the podium, according to the Japanese government.

The refusal came after Japanese students, who were chosen as peace envoys, have spoken at the three previous conferences since 2014, calling for nuclear disarmament.

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Tugboat Sinks, 1 Dead, 2 Missing

Tugboat sinks, 1 dead, 2 missing

One crewmember is dead and 2 are missing after a tugboat sank off the coast of Hirado in southwestern Japan.

Japan's Coast Guard says the Number-6 Aoimaru and a barge carrying sand that it was towing went down early Tuesday morning to the north of Hirado Bridge. The bridge links the islands of Hirado and Kyushu.

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4 Killed, 1 Unaccounted For In Apartment Fire In Northeastern Japan

4 killed, 1 unaccounted for in apartment fire in northeastern Japan

AKITA, Japan (Kyodo) -- At least four people died and another resident was unaccounted for after a fire engulfed a wooden apartment building in northeastern Japan early Tuesday, police and firefighters said.

Ten of the 25 male residents of the two-story building in the city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture were injured in the fire that started around 1 a.m., the police said.

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Us Military Ospreys Conduct Night - Flight Training In Hokkaido

US military Ospreys conduct night-flight training in Hokkaido

SAPPORO (Kyodo) -- Two U.S. military Osprey aircraft flew at night Monday as part an ongoing joint exercise conducted between the U.S. Marines and Japanese ground defense forces on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, the Defense Ministry's local bureau said.

It is the first time for the tilt-rotor aircraft to conduct night-flight training during a Japan-U.S. drill, even as safety concerns linger among the Japanese public following a fatal crash of an Osprey off Australia on Aug. 5 and other accident records.

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Ex - Yamanashi Mayor Hit With Bribery Charges Over Illicit Hiring Process

Ex-Yamanashi mayor hit with bribery charges over illicit hiring process

YAMANASHI -- Police served a fresh arrest warrant on a former mayor of this city on suspicion of taking 800,000 yen in bribes from a junior high school principal and another man in return for having the principal's son pass the city hall's recruitment test, it has been learned.

Seiki Mochizuki, 70, the former Yamanashi mayor, was slapped with the new charges on Aug. 21, two weeks after he was arrested for allegedly padding employment test scores to help an applicant gain a job at city hall. A joint task force of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Yamanashi Prefectural Police also arrested Hideo Hagihara, 57, the principal of Yamato Junior High School in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, and Hakudo Takizawa, 73, a priest and former city treasurer, on suspicion of giving bribes.

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Us Court Revives Environment Lawsuit Over Okinawa Base Relocation

US court revives environment lawsuit over Okinawa base relocation

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) -- A U.S. federal appeals court revived Monday a previously dismissed lawsuit seeking to halt the planned relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base within Japan's Okinawa Prefecture due to the potential impact on endangered dugong.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Center for Biological Diversity, a U.S. nonprofit conservation group, can challenge in a district court a U.S. government review that found the construction of a new base at Henoko, a coastal area in the city of Nago, would not negatively affect the Okinawa dugong.

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Health Ministry To Offer Subsidies For Municipalities To Create Outdoor Smoking Areas

Health ministry to offer subsidies for municipalities to create outdoor smoking areas

Municipalities will receive government aid to build outdoor smoking areas, as part of secondhand smoke countermeasures, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided.

In response to dissatisfaction among smokers toward the strengthening of rules against smoking indoors, municipalities can decide to designate and build outdoor smoking areas. The health ministry is adding a total of 5.5 billion yen to the fiscal 2018 draft budget to cover costs related to such outdoor facilities, in addition to pre-existing subsidies for combating indoor secondhand smoke exposure at restaurants.

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Ex - Head Of Osaka School Operator Served With Fresh Warrant Over Fraud

Ex-head of Osaka school operator served with fresh warrant over fraud

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Prosecutors served on Monday a new arrest warrant for subsidy fraud totaling more than 90 million yen ($826,000) against the former head of an Osaka school operator earlier embroiled in a scandal over a discounted purchase of public land.

Yasunori Kagoike, the 64-year-old former head of Moritomo Gakuen, and his 60-year-old wife Junko allegedly swindled about 92.5 million yen from the Osaka prefectural government, based on investigations carried out by the prosecutors, more than what the local government initially claimed it to be.

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