Top Court Approves Retrial For Nursing Aide

Top court approves retrial for nursing aide

Japan's Supreme Court has approved a retrial for a former nursing assistant who was convicted of killing an elderly hospital patient by removing his artificial ventilator breathing tube.

The 72-year-old patient was found dead in 2003 at Koto Memorial Hospital in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

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195 Nations To Be Invited To Enthronement Ceremony

195 nations to be invited to enthronement ceremony

Japan's government has decided to invite heads of state and representatives from 195 nations to the new Emperor's enthronement ceremony in October.

The decision was made on Tuesday by a government panel in charge of setting protocols for the Imperial succession.

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Abe, Okinawa Governor Meet Over Base Relocation

Abe, Okinawa Governor meet over base relocation

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has demanded that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suspend landfill work for the relocation of a US military base within the southern prefecture. The prime minister asked the governor for his understanding of the relocation project, while agreeing to continue dialogue with the prefecture.

Abe met with Tamaki on Tuesday in Tokyo and discussed relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City, to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City.

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Japan To Develop Mid - Long - Range Cruise Missiles

Japan to develop mid-long-range cruise missiles

Japan is planning to develop medium and long-range cruise missiles. They would be used to strengthen its defense capabilities in remote southwestern islands and nearby areas of the Pacific.

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya disclosed the plan at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Govt. Approves Bill To Tackle Child Abuse

Govt. approves bill to tackle child abuse

Japan's government has approved revisions to its child abuse prevention law following a series of high-profile abuse cases in which victims have died.

The draft bill, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, bans parents from physically punishing children.

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195 Nations To Be Invited To Enthronement Ceremony

195 nations to be invited to enthronement ceremony

Japan's government has decided to invite heads of state and representatives from 195 nations to the new Emperor's enthronement ceremony in October.

The decision was made on Tuesday by a government panel in charge of setting protocols for the Imperial succession.

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Govt. Approves Bill To Tackle Child Abuse

Govt. approves bill to tackle child abuse

Japan's government has approved revisions to its child abuse prevention law following a series of high-profile abuse cases in which victims have died.

The draft bill, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, bans parents from physically punishing children.

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Japan Student Exchange To Christchurch Suspended

Japan student exchange to Christchurch suspended

Kamaishi City in northeastern Japan has suspended a student exchange program to Christchurch, New Zealand, following last week's mass shooting there.

Kamaishi was hit by a quake and tsunami in March, 2011 and began sending local junior high school students to New Zealand in fiscal 2013.

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Govt. Approves Bill To Vet Disabled Workers

Govt. approves bill to vet disabled workers

Japan's government has approved a bill that will require central and local government offices to thoroughly screen people with disabilities before hiring them.

The Cabinet decided revisions to the law that promotes the employment of people with disabilities on Tuesday.

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Abe Calls For Eradicating Child Abuse

Abe calls for eradicating child abuse

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed cabinet ministers to use all available means to eradicate child abuse.

Abe told a meeting of relevant ministers on Tuesday that reports of child abuse are rising every year.

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Cognitive Problems Behind Fatal Car Accidents

Cognitive problems behind fatal car accidents

Japanese police say nearly half of the drivers aged 75 or older who caused fatal traffic accidents last year are suspected of having dementia or diminished cognitive abilities.

The National Police Agency says 414 of 460 drivers in this age group who caused fatal accidents in 2018 took cognitive ability tests. 20 of them were suspected of having dementia, with 184 suspected of having experienced a decline in cognitive ability. They account for 49 percent of the test-takers.

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Joc Chief Takeda To Resign

JOC chief Takeda to resign

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee is expected to announce his intention to resign at Tuesday's JOC board meeting. Sources say he will resign when his current term expires in June.

Tsunekazu Takeda has been facing corruption allegations in France in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics. He headed the bidding committee.

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Hayabusa2 To Create Artificial Crater On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to create artificial crater on asteroid

Japan's space probe operating on an asteroid some 340 million kilometers from Earth is preparing to study the asteroid's interior by creating an artificial impact crater.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, announced on Monday that the Hayabusa2 probe will attempt to create the crater on the asteroid, called Ryugu, on April 5.

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Rules Created For Genome - Edited Food

Rules created for genome-edited food

An expert panel of the health ministry finalized a report on creating rules for genome-edited agricultural and marine products on Monday, meaning they could be on the market within months.

Genome editing involves engineering mutations in DNA. Scientists are using the technology to develop new varieties of foods, such as more prolific rice species and larger red sea bream.

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