Msdf Destroyer Begins Middle East Mission

MSDF destroyer begins Middle East mission

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer has begun its mission in the Middle East.

The Takanami left Japan on February 2. On Wednesday, it began intelligence-gathering operations to protect Japan-linked ships sailing through the Gulf of Oman and the northern part of the Arabian Sea.

Shuri Castle Restoration Begins In Okinawa

Shuri Castle restoration begins in Okinawa

Work has begun to rebuild Okinawa's Shuri Castle after a fire destroyed its main structures last year.

The World Heritage-listed site in the city of Naha was mostly destroyed in a massive fire in October.

Water Cleanup Work Begins At Olympic Venue

Water cleanup work begins at Olympic venue

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has started work to improve water quality at a venue of this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games after higher-than-acceptable levels of E. coli bacteria were detected there last year.

Odaiba Marine Park is the intended venue for the swimming leg of the triathlon for the Tokyo Games.

Japanese Msdf Unit Begins Mission In Middle East

Japanese MSDF unit begins mission in Middle East

A patrol plane unit from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has begun its intelligence-gathering mission in the Middle East amid heightened tensions in the region.

The unit has two P-3C aircraft, flying from the East African nation of Djibouti to the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.

Defense Min. Begins Survey To Move Us Drills

Defense Min. begins survey to move US drills

The Defense Ministry has launched an environmental survey on an island in southwestern Japan where it plans to relocate US military exercises.

About 20 people, including ministry officials, arrived at Mageshima island in Nishinoomote city, Kagoshima prefecture, on Tuesday morning. The ministry says they will first study the island's wildlife and vegetation.

Year-end Exodus Begins In Japan

Year-end exodus begins in Japan

Highways, airports and train stations around Japan are busy on Saturday as year-end travelers head for their hometowns and holiday destinations.

Japan Railways companies say that non-reserved cars on Shinkansen bullet trains from Tokyo were filled to capacity. The most crowded trains reached 180 percent capacity.

Construction Begins On Kanagawa Maglev Station

Construction begins on Kanagawa maglev station

Construction has begun on one of six stations for ultra-high-speed maglev trains in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.

Officials from the Central Japan Railway Company, which will operate the magnetically levitated trains, and representatives of local municipalities attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.

Key Ritual Of Daijosai Begins At Imperial Palace

Key ritual of Daijosai begins at Imperial Palace

The key ritual of the Daijosai, or Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, has just started at the Imperial Palace. Daijosai is celebrated only once after a new Emperor's accession to the throne.

Emperor Naruhito, in a white traditional ceremonial dress, emerged on a corridor of the Daijokyu complex, built specially for the occasion in the palace's East Gardens, a little before 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Miyagi Town Begins Work On Temporary Housing

Miyagi town begins work on temporary housing

Construction of temporary housing units for people who lost their homes in Typhoon Hagibis has begun in Marumori Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

More than 180 people are still living in shelters across the town. Most have been unable to even start planning how to rebuild their homes.

New Probe Into Deaths In Siberia Internment Begins

New probe into deaths in Siberia internment begins

Japan's welfare ministry has launched a new investigation into Japanese nationals believed to have died in internment in Siberia after World War Two following the discovery of new records.

The ministry says around 53,000 Japanese are believed to have died due to hard labor in the bitter cold while they were interned by the former Soviet Union. Of them, about 15,000 are not confirmed in Russian documentation.

Trial Tour Of Russia-held Islands Begins

Trial tour of Russia-held islands begins

A group of Japanese people has begun a trial sightseeing tour of two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The Japanese government organized the first tour of its kind as part of efforts to promote joint economic activities by Japan and Russia on the four islands.

Question And Answer Session Begins In The Diet

Question and answer session begins in the Diet

Party leaders took to the podium to raise questions about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy speech in the Lower House session on Monday.

Opposition Constitutional Democratic Party leader Yukio Edano led off the session by raising the payoff scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Company.

Ohtani Begins Rehabilitation After Knee Surgery

Ohtani begins rehabilitation after knee surgery

Shohei Ohtani of the Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, has begun rehabilitation three days after undergoing knee surgery.

Ohtani had the operation in Los Angeles on Friday. He had experienced pain in his left knee this season.

Kddi Begins Operating Base Station Ship Off Chiba

KDDI begins operating base station ship off Chiba

A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.