Jal, Ana Announce Plans To Tackle Alcohol Problems

JAL, ANA announce plans to tackle alcohol problems

Japan's top airline companies have drawn up plans to prevent a repeat of alcohol-related problems involving flight crews.

Japan Airlines President Yuji Akasaka told reporters on Friday that his company will strengthen its pre-flight alcohol tests as part of an effort to systematically tackle drinking-related issues.

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Ghosn's Defense Team Requests Bail Again

Ghosn's defense team requests bail again

The defense team of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has again asked the Tokyo District Court to grant bail to their detained client.

The attorneys filed the second request for bail on Friday. On Thursday, the court rejected the appeal filed by his lawyers over its decision to deny bail.

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Cabinet Revises Budget Bill After Data Problem

Cabinet revises budget bill after data problem

Japan's Cabinet has taken the unusual step of revising the country's budget bill for fiscal 2019. It's rare to revise a draft budget that's already been approved by the Cabinet. The move comes after some calculations were found to be based on incomplete labor statistics.

The budget now includes an additional 6 million dollars from the general account to go toward underpaid unemployment benefits and other work-related payouts.

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Epsilon Rocket Launched With 7 Satellites

Epsilon rocket launched with 7 satellites

Japan launched a 26-meter-long Epsilon-4 rocket carrying seven small satellites from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Friday morning.

The rocket successfully placed the largest of the satellites into orbit at an altitude of 514 kilometers about 50 minutes after the launch. The other six will be released one by one.

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Miura Ready To Summit Mt.aconcagua

Miura ready to summit Mt.Aconcagua

Eighty-six-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura will set off on Friday to scale Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, South America's highest peak.

If everything goes as planned, he is expected to reach the summit in about four days.

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Japan's Epsilon Rocket To Lift Off With Satellites

Japan's Epsilon rocket to lift off with satellites

Japan's space agency is in the final stages of preparation to launch a rocket carrying seven small satellites.

The 26-meter-long Epsilon-4 will lift off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, at 9:50 AM on Friday, local time.

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Ghosn Denied Bail Again

Ghosn denied bail again

A Japanese court has turned down an appeal from Carlos Ghosn's defense team over a decision to deny the former Nissan Motor chairman bail.

Ghosn's attorneys are now expected to take the request for bail to the Supreme Court.

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More Details Of Imperial Succession Events Decided

More details of Imperial succession events decided

The Japanese government has made further decisions on the outlines of the ceremonies for the Imperial succession that will take place later this year.

A government committee in charge of preparations for the succession met on Thursday to discuss plans for the series of events that will be held as ceremonial acts of state by the Emperor, as prescribed in the Constitution.

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Panel To Investigate Flawed Labor Surveys

Panel to investigate flawed labor surveys

Japan's labor ministry has launched an external investigation panel to look into the use of an improper method for collecting job data.

The ministry is supposed to survey all businesses with payrolls of at least 500 people to compile its monthly labor surveys. But it was recently revealed that the ministry only covered a third of such firms in Tokyo for years, resulting in incorrect data for wages and work hours.

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Volcano Erupts On Kuchinoerabu Island

Volcano erupts on Kuchinoerabu Island

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a volcano has erupted on Kuchinoerabu Island in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.

The eruption occurred at 9:19 AM Thursday Japan time.

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24th Anniversary Of Great Hanshin Earthquake

24th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Thursday marks 24 years since the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated western Japan. People prayed for the victims at the exact time of the quake.

In the chilly dawn, survivors and families of the victims gathered at a park where thousands of bamboo lanterns flickered.

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Kang: Dialogue Needed To Mend Japan - S.korea Ties

Kang: Dialogue needed to mend Japan-S.Korea ties

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has indicated that dialogue is needed to mend relations with Japan. But she did not clarify whether her government will agree to talks requested by Japan.

Bilateral ties have soured over the issues of wartime labor and a South Korean navy vessel's directing fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane.

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Tokyo Plans Redevelopment Of Tsukiji Market Site

Tokyo plans redevelopment of Tsukiji market site

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government appears to be considering redeveloping the former site of the Tsukiji food market as a venue for international conferences and expos.

The market was closed last October, and its functions transferred to a new market in the Toyosu district, also in Tokyo. It is now being dismantled. The roughly 23-hectare-wide space is scheduled to serve as a transport hub during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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New Year's Poetry Reading Held At Imperial Palace

New Year's poetry reading held at Imperial Palace

The annual New Year's poetry reading took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the traditional event for the last time. The Emperor is due to abdicate at the end of April.

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