New Tepco Executives Tripping Over Their Tongues

New TEPCO executives tripping over their tongues

Hoping to restore trust in embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co., the company's new chairman and president have instead generated unwanted criticism and hostility in their first gaffe-filled month on the job.

They have added to the problems facing the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which also is hoping to bring its idled reactors back online.

Softbank Ceo Sees Massive Data, Ai As Key To Future Advances

SoftBank CEO sees massive data, AI as key to future advances

Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., says artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors will bring on an "information revolution," that will benefit people more than the 19th Century Industrial Revolution.

Son, Japan's richest person, told SoftBank customers and partners gathered at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday that he believes massive data will help treat cancer, deliver accident-free driving and grow safer food.

How Defense Officials Decide To Withhold Logs

How defense officials decide to withhold logs

NHK has learned details of how Defense Ministry officials decided to withhold records of Japan's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Sources close to the ministry gave the details on the handling of activity logs kept by the Ground Self-Defense Force.

Japan-india Nuclear Pact Takes Effect

Japan-India nuclear pact takes effect

A pact that allows Japan to export its nuclear power technology to India for peaceful purposes has taken effect.

It entered into force after Japan's Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, and Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged documents in New Delhi on Thursday.

Gas May Have Ruptured Bag At Nuclear Facility

Gas may have ruptured bag at nuclear facility

NHK has learned the operator of a nuclear research facility northeast of Tokyo believes a bag containing nuclear fuel materials ruptured last month due to a buildup of gas in it.

The rupture occurred on June 6th at the facility run by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Ibaraki Prefecture. Five workers were exposed to plutonium and other radioactive materials.

Compensation Sought Over Death Of Stadium Builder

Compensation sought over death of stadium builder

The family of a construction worker who killed himself in March has filed for compensation, saying his excessive workload caused him to suffer depression.

The family's lawyer, Hiroshi Kawahito, says the 23-year-old man worked for a subcontractor of a project to build the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Minister Denies Report On New Vet School Plan

Minister denies report on new vet school plan

Local revitalization minister Kozo Yamamoto has denied media claims that he expressed the government's intention to help open a new veterinary school in Ehime Prefecture two months before the plan was officially approved. The school operator is chaired by a close friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun says Yamamoto visited the Japan Veterinary Medical Association on November 17th last year. It says he told senior officials there of the government's intention to approve Kake Educational Institution's plan to open the school in Imabari city.

Damaged Destroyer To Be Examined In Us

Damaged destroyer to be examined in US

The US Navy plans to send the Aegis destroyer that collided with a container ship in Japan last month back to the US for examination.

The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-registered container vessel off the Izu Peninsula, south of Tokyo, on June 17th. 7 sailors aboard the destroyer died in the accident.

'waka' Poems Touched Up By An Edo Emperor Found In Kyoto

'Waka' poems touched up by an Edo emperor found in Kyoto

A set of "waka" poems, with annotations likely from an emperor who abdicated two centuries ago, were discovered at a secondhand bookshop in Kyoto, a stunningly rare find in the literary world.

"The material is historically valuable as it shows that emperors were deeply involved in waka, the most important element of Japan's court culture, to ensure they were passed down to future generations," said Isao Tokoro, professor emeritus of Japanese history of law and culture at Kyoto Sangyo University, who discovered the poetry.

Rainy Season Over For Many

Rainy season over for many

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — This year's rainy season seems to be over in the eastern and western Japan regions of Kanto-Koshin, Tokai, Kinki, Chugoku and Shikoku, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday.

According to the agency, the end of the wet season came 10 days earlier than in the previous year in Kanto-Koshin, including Tokyo; nine days earlier in Tokai; and a day later in Kinki, Chugoku and Shikoku. The season was two days shorter than usual in the four regions other than Shikoku, which had one additional day.

Jcg To Train Own Pilots Amid Rising Surveillance Demands

JCG to train own pilots amid rising surveillance demands

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japan Coast Guard will start training pilots of fixed-wing aircraft on its own, it has been learned. JCG pilots are currently trained by the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The importance of warning and surveillance activities in the air is increasing due to such factors as an increase in the amount of monitoring activities around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and an increase in illegal fishing.

Officials Decided To Keep Logs Quiet

Officials decided to keep logs quiet

NHK has new information on a scandal that has rocked Japan's defense establishment. Sources close to the Defense Ministry say that top officials decided not to disclose daily logs of the Ground Self-Defense Force's peacekeeping activities in South Sudan.

Ministry officials had maintained the logs had been destroyed, but they later announced that they found the records stored in personal computers at its command.

Inada Denies Discussing Gsdf Logs

Inada denies discussing GSDF logs

On Wednesday evening, Inada denied holding an emergency meeting on February 15th to discuss the logs.

She admitted meeting with some officials at various times on the day to talk about how to respond to questions during a Diet session.