Takeshi Kitano Puts Fun And Guns Aside To Pen Romantic Novel

Takeshi Kitano puts fun and guns aside to pen romantic novel

Beat Takeshi may be a comedian, and this is no joke: He has penned a romantic novel.

Takeshi Kitano, his real name, is also an acclaimed film director specializing in violent yakuza flicks. But he says his novel is at the other end of the spectrum, a perfect love story.

Mother Expresses Hope On Abduction Issue

Mother expresses hope on abduction issue

Jiji Press KAWASAKI (Jiji Press) — U.S. President Donald Trump's reference to the abduction of a 13-year-old Japanese girl decades ago by North Korea presents an opportunity to resolve the abduction issue between the two Asian countries, her mother said Wednesday.

Sakie Yokota, 81, the mother of the abductee, Megumi, said that she was "surprised" that Trump talked about her daughter in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Abe To Urge More Pressure On N.korea At Un

Abe to urge more pressure on N.Korea at UN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call on the nations of the world to come together to put more pressure on North Korea, in his upcoming address to the UN in New York.

He will speak before the General Assembly on Wednesday.

Namie Amuro To Retire Next Year

Namie Amuro to retire next year

Popular Japanese singer Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire next September.

Amuro made the announcement on her official website on Wednesday, the day of her 40th birthday.

Japan Reaches 20mil. Tourist Mark

Japan reaches 20mil. tourist mark

The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to grow. The total so far this year has already topped 20 million.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates the mark was reached by September 15th. That's one-and-a-half months earlier than last year when the annual figure reached 20 million for the first time.

Sakie Yokota Comments On Trump Speech

Sakie Yokota comments on Trump speech

The mother of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea nearly 40 years ago has expressed the hope that the US president's reference to the case in his UN speech may help bring about the return of her daughter and other abductees.

In his first speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of having kidnapped a 13-year-old Japanese girl to enslave her as a language tutor for its spies.

Japan Pledges $4 Mil. Aid To Myanmar, Bangladesh

Japan pledges $4 mil. aid to Myanmar, Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan will provide emergency aid of up to 4 million dollars to Myanmar and Bangladesh to address the plight of minority Rohingya Muslims.

Kono spoke to reporters in New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly session.

Abe Seeks Iran's Cooperation On N.korea Issues

Abe seeks Iran's cooperation on N.Korea issues

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to steadily implement UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea.

The leaders met in New York on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. North Korea regards Iran as a friendly nation.

Abe To Announce Plan For Snap Election

Abe to announce plan for snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to hold a news conference next Monday to explain why he wants to call a snap election.

Abe plans to dissolve the Lower House of the Diet on the first day of the extraordinary session that will open on September 28th. He is now in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and is due to return home on Friday.

Spent Fuel Retrieval At Fukushima To Be Delayed

Spent fuel retrieval at Fukushima to be delayed

Japan's government and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to delay the retrieval of spent nuclear fuel from the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The government is revising the roadmap for scrapping the plant for the first time in 2 years. The reactors were disabled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Protesters Gather In Front Of Diet 2 Years After Adoption Of Security Laws

Protesters gather in front of Diet 2 years after adoption of security laws

Protesters gathered in front of the National Diet Building on Sept. 19, the two year anniversary since the passage of contentious national security laws, to call for their abolition.

The demonstration was led by the group "Senso sasenai, kyujo kowasuna! Sogakari kodo jikko iinkai" (Committee for all-out action: No war, don't destroy Article 9!). Some 10,500 people were on hand for the event, according to the group. Lawmakers from opposition parties and members of citizens groups gripped the microphone, saying, "It's Prime Minister Abe who raised the risk for war," and "Dissolving the lower house (House of Representatives) is just for his own benefit."

Firm That Sold Food Allegedly Tainted With O157 E. Coli Closes All Related Stores

Firm that sold food allegedly tainted with O157 E. coli closes all related stores

The company behind the "Delicious" deli chain that sold food allegedly tainted with the O157 strain of E. coli bacteria -- resulting in the death of a 3-year-old girl and 21 other people becoming infected -- closed down all 17 of its "Delicious" stores by Sept. 19, the company said on Sept. 20.

According to the company, Fresh Corp., which is based in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, its four stores in Gunma and Saitama prefectures that sold the allegedly tainted food, as well as 13 other stores across the same prefectures plus Tochigi Prefecture -- where there have been no cases of O157 infection -- have all been shut down.