Pac3 Interceptor Drill Held At Tokyo Park

PAC3 interceptor drill held at Tokyo park

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has staged a drill involving a PAC3 missile interceptor at a public park in Tokyo.

The drill started at around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Fifteen vehicles carrying launchers and radar equipment were deployed to a park in the Ariake waterfront district.

Japan Announces Trial Tour To Russian-held Islands

Japan announces trial tour to Russian-held islands

Japan's Foreign Ministry announced a plan on Monday for a trial sightseeing tour of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The tour was agreed to by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, as part of joint economic activity programs on the islands.

Details Of Tour To Russian-held Isles Revealed

Details of tour to Russian-held isles revealed

Japan and Russia have unveiled details of a trial sightseeing tour to Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. The tour is planned as part of joint economic activities on the islands.

The 6-day tour starting on Friday will include visits to Kunashiri and Etrofu islands aboard a ship used in a visa-free exchange program.

Rally Held Against Govt. Decision On Art Festival

Rally held against govt. decision on art festival

A rally has been held in Tokyo to protest the cultural affairs agency's decision to withhold subsidies for an international art festival.

The agency last week canceled subsides of about 720,000 dollars for "Aichi Triennale," which is underway in the central prefecture of Aichi.

Dengue Fever Response Drill Held In Tokyo Park

Dengue fever response drill held in Tokyo park

Japanese officials are training to tackle a possible outbreak of mosquito-borne viral infections, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

About 160 officials from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Environment Ministry and other bodies took part in a drill on Monday in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in central Tokyo.

Earthquake Drills Held On Disaster Prevention Day

Earthquake drills held on Disaster Prevention Day

Japanese authorities conducted a drill to prepare for a mega earthquake striking the Tokyo metropolitan area for National Disaster Prevention Day on Sunday.

September 1 is the day Japan commemorates the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which left more than 100,000 people dead in and around Tokyo.

Goldfish Scooping Contest Held In Nara

Goldfish scooping contest held in Nara

More than 2,000 people tested their skills at scooping up goldfish at an annual event in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday.

The event was held in the city of Yamatokoriyama, a major goldfish farming region in the country. Participants equipped with a paper scoop each competed to capture as many goldfish as possible in three minutes from a water tank containing about 1,000.

Ex-residents Return From Russian-held Islands

Ex-residents return from Russian-held islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have returned to Hokkaido after visiting their ancestors' graves on the islands.

The flights are part of an agreement reached at a Japan-Russia summit in April 2017 to help ease the travel burden for the elderly visitors.

Ex-japanese Residents Fly To Russian-held Islands

Ex-Japanese residents fly to Russian-held islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have arrived in the territory to visit the graves of their ancestors.

A group of 67 people, including government officials, left Nakashibetsu Airport in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido for the islands by chartered Russian plane before 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Anti-terrorism Drill Held In Tokyo Bay Area

Anti-terrorism drill held in Tokyo Bay area

A large-scale anti-terrorism drill was held in Tokyo on Monday as part of preparations for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It was held near Harumi Pier in the Tokyo Bay area -- the site of the athletes' village and many events.

Suspected Arsonist May Have Held Grudge

Suspected arsonist may have held grudge

Police say a man suspected of an arson attack that killed dozens of people at an animation studio in Kyoto may have held a grudge against the firm.

Shinji Aoba allegedly started the fire at the Kyoto Animation studio on Thursday morning by pouring a flammable liquid at the entrance to the first floor and igniting it. The death toll has risen to 34.

Event To Prepare For Tokyo Mega-quake Held

Event to prepare for Tokyo mega-quake held

A three-day event designed to allow participants to experience life in the aftermath of a mega-quake has been held in Tokyo.

The aim of the occasion was to provide food for thought to survivors of the disaster in three stages -- namely, seven days following the mega-quake, three months later and three years later.