Fukushima Plant Offsite Center Demolition Starts

Fukushima plant offsite center demolition starts

Workers have begun demolishing an offsite emergency response center that briefly served as headquarters for dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Offsite emergency response centers were set up across Japan after a nuclear criticality accident at Tokai Village, near Tokyo, in 1999.

Kyoto Univ. To Set Up Cancer Immunotherapy Center

Kyoto Univ. to set up cancer immunotherapy center

NHK has learned that Japan's Kyoto University plans to set up a research center for cancer immunotherapy to be headed by Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo.

Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, jointly received last year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of a cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Musashino Clean Center--city Goes Trendy With Its Trash Disposal

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Musashino Clean Center--City goes trendy with its trash disposal

All I can say is "wow, wow and wow!" My socks were knocked off visiting a waste disposal site. Yes, a waste disposal site--you know, the place where they do what they do with our garbage?

News flash for governments and businesses with NIMBYs giving them headaches: You need to go to Musashino Clean Center (MCC). This facility opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing and dealing with "inherently undesirables."

Father Submitted Letter To Child Welfare Center

Father submitted letter to child welfare center

The father of a ten-year-old girl who died after suspected domestic violence had submitted to a child welfare center a letter in which the daughter said she had lied about being abused by her father.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, last month. Police arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to Mia's death.

Sashihara Rino To Be The Center For Akb48's 55th Single

Sashihara Rino to be the center for AKB48's 55th single

Some details for AKB48's 55th single (currently untitled), to be released on March 13, have been revealed. The senbatsu members for the title track have been selected, and Sashihara Rino (HKT48) will serve as center. 

This will be Sashihara's last single before graduation. Besides Sashihara, the senbatsu members are Yahagi Moeka (first time senbatsu), Okada Nana, Okabe Rin, Ogino Yuka, Oguri Yui, Kashiwagi Yui, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Shitao Miu, Shiroma Miru, Sugawara Maya, Suda Akari, Takahashi Juri, Takino Yumiko, Tanaka Miku, Nakai Rika, Matsui Jurina, Matsuoka Hana, Mukaichi Mion, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yokoyama Yui, and Yoshida Akari. 

Shiroma Miru To Be The Center For Nmb48's 20th Single

Shiroma Miru to be the center for NMB48's 20th single

NMB48's 20th single (currently untitled) will be released on February 20. 

The center for this single will be Shiroma Miru who last served as center for the group's 17th single "Warota People" released in December of 2017. It will be draft third generation students Minami Haasa and Yamamoto Mikana's first time in the senbatsu. More details will be announced in the near future. 

Barrier-free Access Eyed For Athletic Center

Barrier-free access eyed for athletic center

The Japanese government will compile a plan by the end of this year for making the areas surrounding a Tokyo training facility for top-level athletes barrier-free. The move is designed to help prospective Paralympians.

New training facilities for athletes aiming to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games are being built at the National Training Center. They will be completed next year.

Yamamoto Sayaka To Be The Center For Her Last Single In Nmb48

Yamamoto Sayaka to be the center for her last single in NMB48

The senbatsu members for NMB48's 19th single (currently untitled) have been revealed. 

Yamamoto Sayaka, who will be graduating from the group after this single, will serve as center for the last time. Among the 18 members, it will be Kawakami Rena, Kojima Karin, Shiotsuki Keito, and Yasuda Momone's first time in the senbatsu. 

Ogino Yuka To Be The Center For Ngt48's 4th Single

Ogino Yuka to be the center for NGT48's 4th single

The center and senbatsu members for NGT48's fourth single (currently untitled) have been selected. 

The senbatsu members for the title track are Ogino Yuka, Oguma Tsugumi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kato Minami, Sugahara Riko, Takakura Moeka, Tano Ayaka, Nakai Rika, Nakamura Ayuka, Nara Miharu, Nishigata Marina, Nishimura Nanako, Hasegawa Rena, Honma Hinata, Yamaguchi Maho, and Yamada Noe. Ogino will be the center for this single, making this her second time to take on this important role.