Ex - Actress Takagi Denies Marijuana Possession At Trial

Ex-actress Takagi denies marijuana possession at trialFormer actress Saya Takagi denied marijuana possession Monday at the first hearing of her trial at the Naha District Court in Okinawa Prefecture.
Takagi, 53, who advocated legalization of medical marijuana in her failed campaign for a House of Councillors seat in last July's election, was arrested in October and indicted in November for allegedly possessing about 55 grams of marijuana at her home on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 25, 2016, in conspiracy with her housemates.
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Heavy Snowfall Continues Along Sea Of Japan

Heavy snowfall continues along Sea of JapanHeavy snow fell Tuesday on Sea of Japan coastal areas while temperatures fell to their lowest this winter in many parts of the Japanese archipelago.
The village of Shimukappu in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido logged minus 32.8 C, while the Tokyo metropolitan area recorded minus 1.9 C and Osaka, 1.1 C, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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Pm Abe Calls For Deeper Diet Discussions On Emperor's Abdication

PM Abe calls for deeper Diet discussions on emperor's abdicationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday urged chiefs of both houses of the Diet to deepen discussions on Emperor Akihito's possible abdication.
Abe presented an interim report compiled the previous day by a relevant government panel to the heads and deputy heads of both chambers at the Diet as his administration seeks to gain the cooperation of ruling and opposition parties in making legal pathways to enable the 83-year-old emperor to relinquish the throne.
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Photo Confirms Long - Lost Shrine Gate That Stood In Osaka Water

Photo confirms long-lost shrine gate that stood in Osaka waterA museum has confirmed the only photographic record of a “torii” gate here that was a smaller copy of Itsukushimajinja shrine’s famed crimson gate on the shore of the Miyajima district in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
The photograph, measuring 5.5 by 9 centimeters, shows the gate in a shallow pool in the Nakanoshima holm in the central part of Osaka city almost 150 years ago.
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Japan Project Seeks Public Snowflake Pics To Improve Snow Forecasts

Japan project seeks public snowflake pics to improve snow forecastsThe Japan Meteorological Agency's Meteorological Research Institute in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, has launched a project calling on Kanto region residents to send in their snapshots of snowflakes to help improve snow forecasts.
Anybody with a smartphone or camera can participate. By analyzing a large number of photos, officials hope they will be able to more accurately predict snowfall in Japan's Kanto region, which often proves difficult.
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Disabled Employees Proving Effective Workers At Recycling Company

Disabled employees proving effective workers at recycling companyThe revised Act on Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities went into effect last spring, but only 48.8 percent of companies have met the requirement to have disabled persons occupy 2 percent of their workforce.
Meanwhile, disabled employees at one company headquartered in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, are proving themselves effective workers and could spur other companies to hire more disabled staff.
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Crane Falls On Takahama Nuke Plant Buildings Amid Storm Warning

Crane falls on Takahama nuke plant buildings amid storm warningA large crane fell on a reactor auxiliary building and a fuel handling building at the No. 2 reactor of the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture on the night of Jan. 20, damaging part of their roofs, Kansai Electric Power Co. said.
There were no injuries in the incident, nor were there any leakages of radiation to the outside environment, the power company said. A storm warning had been issued in the prefecture, with strong winds at a speed of about 15 meters per second (54 kilometers per hour) observed near the plant at the time of the incident, which occurred at around 9:50 p.m.
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Japan To Discuss Flights To 4 Russian - Held Islands

Japan to discuss flights to 4 Russian-held islandsJapanese and Russian officials plan to discuss ways that former Japanese residents of 4 Russian-held islands can be allowed to use flights to visit their hometowns in addition to current ship services.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for a bilateral summit last month. They agreed to study ways to ease the burden of travel between Japan and the islands in consideration of the advanced age of the former residents.
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Japanese Student Wins Programming Contest

Japanese student wins programming contestA Japanese student has won a computer coding contest between Japan and Russia. Ken Sugimori, a graduate student at the University of Tokyo said he was happy with his victory. He said Russians are some of the world's best programmers.
The contest was staged in Tokyo by Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center.
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Abe Sends Congratulatory Message To Trump

Abe sends congratulatory message to TrumpJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to Donald Trump to congratulate him on his inauguration as president of the United States.
Referring to his meeting with Trump last November, Abe said it was a great pleasure to have a candid exchange of views at Trump's home in New York.
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