Jaxa: Data Suggests Hayabusa2 Touched Down

JAXA: Data suggests Hayabusa2 touched down

Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe has likely touched down on the asteroid Ryugu. The mission's goal is to collect rocks from beneath the surface.

Japan's Population Down For 10th Straight Year

Japan's population down for 10th straight year

The population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 10th straight year, while the ratio of foreign residents topped 2 percent for the first time.

The internal affairs ministry says the number of Japanese living in the country was over 124.7 million as of January 1 this year. The number has been dropping since it peaked in 2009.

Japanese Workers Down On Economy

Japanese workers down on economy

A Japanese government survey says business sentiment among workers fell in June for the second month in a row.

The Economy Watchers Survey was released on Monday. It questioned some 2,000 workers on the state of the economy.

7-eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500k Stolen

7-Eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500K Stolen


7-Eleven Japan recently launched a mobile payments feature on its 7Pay app which enabled customers to simply scan a barcode in the app and charge a linked credit or debit card. Merely a week after this was announced, the feature has been pulled after a vulnerability in the app allowed hackers to steal $500,000 from users through bogus charges.

The company had received a complaint about this the very next day after launching the feature on July 1st. A customer had noticed that they had been billed a charge that they didn’t make. The flaw in the app simply required hackers to know the user’s date of birth, email, and phone number.

Lower House Votes Down No-confidence Motion

Lower House votes down no-confidence motion

A no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been voted down in the lower chamber of the Diet.

The Lower House plenary session deliberated on Tuesday on the motion submitted jointly by four opposition parties and a group.

Censure Motion Against Abe Voted Down

Censure motion against Abe voted down

The Upper House of Japan's national Diet rejected a censure motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by a majority vote on Monday.

It was presented last week by the opposition parties, which said they cannot condone Abe's arrogant politics any longer.

Masuko To Step Down As Mitsubishi Motors Ceo, Kato To Succeed Him

Masuko to step down as Mitsubishi Motors CEO, Kato to succeed him

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp said on Friday that Osamu Masuko will step down as its chief executive on June 21 and be replaced by Takao Kato, who is president of its operations in Indonesia.

Masuko will retain his role as chairman of the board, Mitsubishi Motors said in a statement, adding that Masuko and Kato will hold a press conference on May 20 to discuss the changes.

Abductees' Kin Urge Govt. Not To Back Down

Abductees' kin urge govt. not to back down

Relatives of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea have urged the government not to soften its stance and to keep working to bring all the victims back.

The family members met reporters at Narita Airport on Sunday upon their return from New York.

Children Down By 30% In 2011 Quake-hit Areas

Children down by 30% in 2011 quake-hit areas

An NHK survey shows that the number of schoolchildren in areas hard-hit by the 2011 major earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has declined by 30 percent.

Eight years and two months have passed since the March 11th disaster.

Nra Turns Down Power Companies Requests

NRA turns down power companies requests

Japan's nuclear regulators have turned down requests by power companies to extend the timeframes for installing anti-terror facilities at their nuclear power plants.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday decided to order, in principle, the suspension of operations at the plants if the deadlines for building standby control rooms are not met.

Ioc: Joc Chief Takeda Has Stepped Down

IOC: JOC chief Takeda has stepped down

The International Olympic Committee says the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has stepped down as an IOC member.

IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said the IOC Executive Board recognized Takeda's resignation at a meeting held on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.