Photo Exhibition Shows Growth Of Shinjuku District Over The Years

Photo exhibition shows growth of Shinjuku district over the years

Home to the busiest train station in Japan, Tokyo's Shinjuku district has a rich history, including witnessing the birth of democratic urban planning and caving in to bureaucratic pressure during the Vietnam War era.

A special exhibition on the development of the district as one of Tokyo's largest metropolis is currently showing at a history museum operated by the Shinjuku Ward government.

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Study Panel Submits Proposals On Abdication

Study panel submits proposals on abdication

An advisory panel to the Japanese government has finalized its proposals on Emperor Akihito's abdication. Among the proposals is a one-time legislative measure.

The head of the panel, Takashi Imai, handed the report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the panel's 14th meeting on Friday. Imai is the honorary chairman of Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation.

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Police: Robbers' Van Traced For 7km

Police: Robbers' van traced for 7km

Police in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka say they traced for 7 kilometers a van used by robbers who stole cash worth 3.5-million dollars. But the vehicle has not been found.

On Thursday, two men assaulted an employee of a precious metal dealer with a spray-like substance in a parking lot near a bank in the city center.

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Prefectures Briefed On Missile Preparedness

Prefectures briefed on missile preparedness

Japan's government has held an extraordinary briefing session for prefectural officials in charge of crisis management amid North Korea's repeated launches of ballistic missiles.

The briefing was held on Friday in Tokyo. Government officials said preparing for possible missile launches has become necessary as the US administration of President Donald Trump is stepping up pressure on the North.

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Moritomo Gakuen Applies For Bankruptcy Protection

Moritomo Gakuen applies for bankruptcy protection

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- The Osaka District Court put a scandal-mired school operator into administration Friday after it applied for bankruptcy protection.

The links between the nationalist school operator, Moritomo Gakuen, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife have been probed in recent months following its acquisition of state-owned land last year for a dramatically reduced price.

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40 Mil. Yen Snatched On Ginza Street Minutes After Victim Received Money

40 mil. yen snatched on Ginza street minutes after victim received money

A business man was robbed of reportedly 40 million yen in broad daylight in Tokyo's busy Ginza district on April 21 by a man who fled the site with two people on a motorcycle, police said.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Tsukiji Police Station, the 44-year-old Suginami Ward resident was walking alone along a Ginza street with two bags after concluding a business deal in the area when a man rammed into him from behind. The mugger kicked the man in the abdomen and snatched a bag containing 72 million yen, but dropped some of the cash while fleeing the scene. He then ran off in a southward direction.

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1 Dead, 5 Injured After Elderly Driver Loses Control Of Car

1 dead, 5 injured after elderly driver loses control of car

SAITAMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- One woman was killed and five other people were injured after an elderly driver lost control of her car in a shopping mall parking lot in eastern Japan, police said Saturday.

Yoshiko Ichikawa, 53, was fatally injured after she was struck by the out-of-control car around 7:55 p.m. Friday in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, the police said. She was taken to hospital and died on Saturday morning.

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Another Nearby Planet Found That May Be Just Right For Life

Another nearby planet found that may be just right for life

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Astronomers have found yet another planet that seems to have just the right Goldilocks combination for life: Not so hot and not so cold. It's not so far away, either.

This new, big, dense planet is rocky, like Earth, and has the right temperatures for water, putting it in the habitable zone for life, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature .

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