Tighter Security Checks Before Boarding

Tighter security checks before boarding

Japan's transport ministry will tighten security checks for all passengers at the country's airports ahead major sport events.

The Rugby World Cup will open on September 20, and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will open next summer.

Police: Driver Struggled To Turn Before Crash

Police: Driver struggled to turn before crash

A deadly collision between a truck and commuter train in Yokohama, near Tokyo, was caught on camera. Investigators say footage taken at the scene Thursday shows the driver struggling with his truck's steering wheel before entering the railway crossing.

The 67-year-old driver was killed when the express train smashed into his truck. Thirty-four others were injured.

Child Victim Often Seen Alone Before Her Death

Child victim often seen alone before her death

A 4-year-old girl who died after a suspected assault case in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan was often seen walking alone and uncared for on the streets long before her death.

Shun Hiwatashi, boyfriend of Riara Otsuka's mother, was arrested on suspicion of hitting the girl in the head last week. The 21-year-old construction worker lived with the mother and the girl in the city of Izumi.

Retailers Rush To Adapt Before Tax Hike

Retailers rush to adapt before tax hike

Small retailers in Japan are scrambling to replace their cash registers, in the lead-up to a hike in the consumption tax.

Stores will need models that can handle two different tax rates to be introduced from October 1. Shoppers will be charged 8 percent for food and non-alcoholic beverages and 10 percent for other items. Large retailers like convenience stores don't need to make the switch, as they do their transactions online. But many small businesses have to adapt.

Nara Buddhist Statue Cleaned Before Bon Festival

Nara Buddhist statue cleaned before Bon festival

The Great Buddha statue in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan, has undergone its annual cleaning ahead of the midsummer Bon Festival.

The 15-meter-high statue at Todaiji temple is dusted off every year on August 7. The cleaning is designed to prepare for the festival, when people pay respects to their ancestors.

Arson Suspect Seen Carrying Gas Cans Before Attack

Arson suspect seen carrying gas cans before attack

Police in Kyoto say the suspect in Thursday's deadly arson attack had come a long way on foot, pushing a cart loaded with gasoline cans, before reaching the animation studio.

Shinji Aoba is suspected of setting fire to Kyoto Animation's No.1 studio, killing 34 people and injuring 34 others.

Police: Arson Suspect In Internet Cafe Days Before

Police: Arson suspect in internet cafe days before

Police have found that the suspect in Thursday's deadly arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto visited an internet cafe a few days before the incident.

Shinji Aoba is suspected of setting fire to Kyoto Animation's number one studio, leaving 34 people dead and 34 injured.

Kyoto Arson Suspect Seen In Vicinity Days Before

Kyoto arson suspect seen in vicinity days before

Investigators say the suspect in a deadly arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto may have been in the area a few days earlier, possibly waiting for a chance to set the fire.

They say 41-year-old Shinji Aoba is thought to have visited a store near Kyoto Animation after he arrived in the city. They believe he purchased containers to carry gasoline.

Star Panda Meets Media Before 2nd Birthday

Star panda meets media before 2nd birthday

A popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been shown to the media before she turns two on Wednesday.

Xiang Xiang was the first baby panda to be born at the zoo in five years. She now lives separately from her mother. On Monday, reporters watched her climbing a tree and eating bamboo shoots.

Infiniti Qs Inspiration Shows Itself Before Auto Shanghai

Infiniti Qs Inspiration shows itself before Auto Shanghai

Infiniti's shown off a bit of the Qs Inspiration concept before debuting the creased contrivance at Auto Shanghai next week. The concept serves a few purposes, the first to reimagine a future for sports sedans on a planet of crossovers and SUVs. The result blends a fastback with high sides that connect low ground clearance below and an elevated seating position above.

The Japanese luxury maker is all about sedans, the Qs Inspiration signaling how a carmaker watching the bottom line can maintain its interest in the passe bodystyle. The concept previews a production model, and perhaps the design language and lingo we'll see spreading through the range.