Russia Says Its Navy Held Missile Drill On Etorofu

Russia says its navy held missile drill on Etorofu

The Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper says the military fired new surface-to-ship missiles in a drill last autumn on one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.

Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Wednesday that a missile unit belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet conducted the exercise on Etorofu Island with the Bal system.

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Tepco: No Foreigners On Decommissioning For Now

TEPCO: No foreigners on decommissioning for now

Tokyo Electric Power Company has put on hold its plans to hire foreigners under a new type of work visa in decommissioning work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

TEPCO earlier announced that for its decommissioning work it would hire foreigners under Japan's new visa program that began last month.

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Okinawa Marines Relocation To Guam May Start 2025

Okinawa Marines relocation to Guam may start 2025

The US military may begin moving some of the Marines stationed in Okinawa, southwestern Japan, to Guam in 2025.

The Japanese and US governments have agreed to relocate about 9,000 Marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii and other places outside Japan. This is part of reorganization plans for the US military in Japan. The two governments say the move will start in the first half of the 2020s.

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Over 50% Of Russians: 4 Islands Belong To Russia

Over 50% of Russians: 4 islands belong to Russia

More than half the respondents in a Russian opinion poll said the four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan belong to Russia, while more than 40 percent said the countries should negotiate an agreement.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry commissioned research agencies to carry out opinion polls in various countries, including Russia. In the Russian poll, conducted by telephone in February, 3,600 people aged between 18 and 69 responded.

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Amano Develops New Type Of Semiconductor

Amano develops new type of semiconductor

A Japanese Nobel Prize-winning physicist says his team has successfully produced a high-quality semiconductor using a material also used in blue light-emitting diodes.

Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University is one of the three scientists who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the development of the diode.

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Idol Group Kat - Tun Ex - Member Taguchi Arrested

Idol group KAT-TUN ex-member Taguchi arrested

A former member of the male idol group KAT-TUN, Junnosuke Taguchi, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana.

Sources say the health ministry's narcotics control department searched Taguchi's residence based on a tip and found dried cannabis on Wednesday.

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Care Home Worker Arrested In Death Of Elderly Man

Care home worker arrested in death of elderly man

Police in Tokyo have arrested a former caregiver at a nursing home on suspicion of killing an elderly male resident.

Police say that on Wednesday they arrested a 28-year-old man who used to work at the nursing care facility in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward.

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Japan's 10 - Year - Old Lay Judge System Discussed

Japan's 10-year-old lay judge system discussed

The Supreme Court and other legal professionals in Japan have hosted a symposium to mark the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the country's lay judge system.

About 90,000 citizens have taken part in the system so far, and handed down sentences to about 12,000 defendants.

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Ruling Parties Submit Draft Rebuking Maruyama

Ruling parties submit draft rebuking Maruyama

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have submitted a draft resolution rebuking a lawmaker over his remarks on four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

Hodaka Maruyama made the remarks during a trip to one of the islands with a group of former residents this month. The trip was part of a visa-free exchange program between Japan and Russia.

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Nearly 350 Pass Visa Exam To Work In Japan

Nearly 350 pass visa exam to work in Japan

Nearly 350 foreigners have passed Japan's exam for working visas under a new system aimed at easing the country's labor shortage.

The first results of the exams, which began last month, were announced on Tuesday.

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Tokyo Governor Aims For Zero Co2 Emissions By 2050

Tokyo governor aims for zero CO2 emissions by 2050

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she plans to draw up by December a strategy to effectively reduce the city's carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

Koike announced her plans at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit talks, which began in the Japanese capital on Tuesday.

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Suga Asks For Arbitration Panel To Be Set Up Soon

Suga asks for arbitration panel to be set up soon

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked South Korea's new ambassador to Japan to quickly establish an arbitration panel to address the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Suga spoke to Nam Gwan-pyo when he made a courtesy call on Tuesday to mark the start of his time in Tokyo.

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Tepco Told To Secure Safety For Foreign Workers

TEPCO told to secure safety for foreign workers

Japan's labor ministry has requested the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to carefully manage the safety of foreigners hired for decommissioning work.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, announced last month that it plans to allow foreigners to work at the facility through Japan's new visa program.

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