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.

Fukushima Daiichi To Be Reinforced Against Tsunami

Fukushima Daiichi to be reinforced against tsunami

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant plans to build additional seawalls along its damaged reactors.

Its aim is to keep another possible mega-tsunami from causing the leakage of highly radioactive water accumulated in the basement of buildings housing 3 reactors that suffered a meltdown following the 2011 quake and tsunami.

Medical Univ. Rigged Exams Against Women

Medical univ. rigged exams against women

Informed sources say Tokyo Medical University has for years rigged entrance exams to limit its intake of women students, slashing their scores by well over 10 percent across-the-board.

The sources say the university reduced scores from the paper test results of all women before they went on to sit for a final test. The reduction rate differed from year to year, sometimes reaching more than 10 percent.

Caution Urged Against Heatstroke In Japan

Caution urged against heatstroke in Japan

Japanese authorities and medical experts are urging special caution against heatstroke as scorching conditions continue in eastern and western Japan.

Weather officials say the mercury soared in wide areas of Japan on Thursday as powerful high-pressure systems brought punishing heat.