More Failures Found In Fatal Child Abuse Case

More failures found in fatal child abuse case

Officials at a child welfare center near Tokyo say they do not know when a 10-year-old girl who was temporarily in their care returned to her parents' home where she was fatally abused.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, in late January. Her parents have been arrested on suspicion of inflicting injuries.
The prefecture's child welfare center has been criticized for its handling of the case.

Two Men Found In Wooden Boat Off Aomori

Two men found in wooden boat off Aomori

Japan Coast Guard officials have found two men on a wooden boat drifting in the Sea of Japan off Aomori Prefecture in northeastern Japan. The men are believed to have come from North Korea.

A local fishing cooperative informed the Coast Guard of the boat's presence on Sunday morning. It was drifting about 1.5 kilometers off the town of Fukaura.

Four Men Found In Shimane To Return To N.korea

Four men found in Shimane to return to N.Korea

Police in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday transferred to immigration officials four men found in a wooden boat that drifted ashore. The men are expected to go through procedures to return to North Korea.

The boat was spotted on January 8th on the shore of the town of Okinoshima on an island in the Sea of Japan. Police took into protective custody the four crewmembers who appear to be in their teens through 30s.

Safes Found At Ghosn's Apartment In Rio

Safes found at Ghosn's apartment in Rio

Nissan Motor officials found safes in an apartment in Rio de Janeiro provided to its ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn. They suspect that the safes may contain assets that Ghosn allegedly purchased illegally.

Court filing shows that Nissan officials found 3 locked safes on November 30th as part of an in-house probe into the alleged financial misconduct by Ghosn. They are seeking permission from a court in Brazil to open them.

Murder Suspected As 6 Found Dead In Miyazaki

Murder suspected as 6 found dead in Miyazaki

Six people were found dead on Monday at a home in Takachiho Town in Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Police suspect murder as wounds were visible on some of the bodies. Most of the victims are believed to be family members. One was a small girl.

Microplastics Found In 26 Japanese Rivers

Microplastics found in 26 Japanese rivers

Researchers say they found microplastics in most of the 29 rivers they tested across Japan. They are calling for measures to reduce plastic waste in inland areas.

The researchers from Tokyo University of Science and Ehime University checked water samples from 29 rivers. They were looking to see whether the waterways contain plastic particles 5 millimeters long or smaller. Tiny pieces of plastic are potentially harmful to ecosystems.

7th Body Found In Fukushima Fire

7th body found in Fukushima fire

Another body has been found in a house destroyed by fire in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, bringing the death toll to 7.

Police say they are trying to identify the bodies.

Centuries-old Christian Painting Found In Japan

Centuries-old Christian painting found in Japan

A religious painting believed to have been made by a Japanese Christian about 400 years ago has been discovered near Tokyo.

The painting was found at a memorial museum in Oiso Town in Kanagawa Prefecture. The facility is known for its collection of historical items related to Japanese Christians.

Highest Number Of Wooden Boats Found In 2018

Highest number of wooden boats found in 2018

Japan Coast Guard officials have confirmed that this year there have been 105 incidents in which wooden boats, presumably from the Korean Peninsula, have washed ashore, or have been found drifting in Japanese waters.

The officials say the number of such cases exceeded last year's figure of 104 as of Thursday, making 105 the highest since the recordkeeping began in 2013.

Whale Shark Found In Tottori River Dies

Whale shark found in Tottori river dies

A whale shark believed to have strayed into a river in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, has been found dead.

A resident of Kotoura Town found the 5-meter-long shark near the mouth of the Katsutagawa River on Saturday. It reportedly had scars on its tail fin.

More Documents On Involuntary Sterilizations Found

More documents on involuntary sterilizations found

Japan's health ministry has discovered more documents identifying people who were involuntarily sterilized under the country's now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law.

Ministry officials on Wednesday attended a meeting of the governing coalition's taskforce on the issue. They said documents identifying 1,603 people had been found at hospitals, facilities for people with disabilities, and municipal offices.

Plastics Found In Stomach Of Dead Blue Whale

Plastics found in stomach of dead blue whale

Experts have found plastic in the stomach of a dead blue whale washed ashore in eastern Japan earlier this month. They say it is an example of how marine plastic contamination is spreading.

National Museum of Nature and Science experts and other scientists discovered a folded piece of plastic inside the male cub, which was found on a beach in Kanagawa Prefecture.