Wild Boars To Be Vaccinated Against Swine Fever

Wild boars to be vaccinated against swine fever

Japan's agriculture ministry says it plans to vaccinate wild boars against swine fever as early as the middle of next month. The animals have been blamed for the recent outbreaks of the disease on pig farms.

Wild animals have never been vaccinated before in Japan.

Police To Not Seek Charges Against Ex-coaches

Police to not seek charges against ex-coaches

Tokyo police have informed prosecutors of their decision not to seek charges against two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

No Criminal Charges Against Ex-football Coaches

No criminal charges against ex-football coaches

NHK has learned that Tokyo police are set to inform prosecutors of their decision not to charge two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

Protest Against Yakuza Halloween Treats

Protest against yakuza Halloween treats

People in western Japan are protesting against a crime syndicate for giving away Halloween treats.

The headquarters of Yamaguchi Gumi in the city of Kobe invites children for snacks on Halloween every year. The command center of the designated organized crime group is decorated with ghosts and other characters for the day.

Lawmakers To Submit Bill Against Ticket Resale

Lawmakers to submit bill against ticket resale

A bipartisan group of Japanese lawmakers plans to submit a bill that would prevent the illegal resale of tickets for sports and concert events at a profit.

Senior members of the group met on Tuesday to discuss the issue of scalpers who purchase tickets in bulk and resell them on the Internet at much higher prices.

Female Applicants Discriminated Against In Exams

Female applicants discriminated against in exams

A panel investigating irregularities in entrance exams given by Tokyo Medical University says a total of 55 female applicants were made to fail the exams in 2017 and 2018 despite scoring marks above the passing level.

In an interim report issued on Tuesday, the panel said 11 of the female applicants suffered this discriminatory treatment last year and 44 others this year.

Opposition Against Ldp Amending Constitution

Opposition against LDP amending Constitution

Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party is aiming to present the party's plan on a Constitutional amendment in the upcoming extraordinary Diet sessions starting Wednesday. Those opposed, including the largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party, are concerned that the issue will be put on a table without their consent.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet members and key party officials on the 2nd of this month.

Japan Lodges 3rd Protest Against Russian Drills

Japan lodges 3rd protest against Russian drills

Japan has protested to Russia for the third time this month over the country's military drills in waters near the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

On Tuesday, Russia notified Japan that it will conduct missile firing drills from Wednesday until October 31st.

Asdf Scrambles Increase Against Chinese Planes

ASDF scrambles increase against Chinese planes

Japan's Defense Ministry says the number of scrambles made by Air Self-Defense Force jets against Chinese aircraft increase about 20 percent during the first 6 months of this fiscal year compared to the previous year.

The ministry says the ASDF scrambled jets against foreign aircraft that could violate Japan's airspace 561 times between April and September, the same number as in 2017.

Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Japan's Faux Mario Kart

Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Japan's Faux Mario Kart

For years if you go to Tokyo, Japan, you will have the opportunity to dress up like popular Mario-themed characters and drive racing karts throughout the city. On first glance it looks like Mario Kart, but upon closer inspection it’s actually known as MariCar. It’s actually been amazing how long the company has been getting away with it, but unfortunately it has come to an end.