Olympics/ Tokyo To Dump Sand Into Bay Off Odaiba To Raise Water Quality

OLYMPICS/ Tokyo to dump sand into bay off Odaiba to raise water quality

With concerns rising about the water quality in Tokyo Bay ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo metropolitan government is hoping a massive dump of sand into the sea will offer a quick fix.

Sources said the government plans to pour the sand into the sea at Odaiba Marine Park in Minato Ward from next month.

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.

91 Bags Of Radioactive Waste Swept Into Rivers

91 bags of radioactive waste swept into rivers

Japan's Environment Ministry says dozens of bags containing radioactive soil were swept into rivers following a powerful typhoon last month. The dangerous waste was produced as a result of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The waste has been stockpiled at temporary storage sites in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures.

'nausicaa' Anime To Be Made Into Kabuki Play

'Nausicaa' anime to be made into kabuki play

A famous kabuki performer who will appear in a kabuki play based on an acclaimed anime film by director Hayao Miyazaki said he wants to make the show something that can be appreciated by both kabuki fans and Miyazaki's anime followers.

Miyazaki's work, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" will be made into a kabuki play.

Deadly Viruses Brought Into Tokyo Laboratory

Deadly viruses brought into Tokyo laboratory

Public health officials in Japan say they have imported potentially lethal viruses to develop ways to step up measures against infectious diseases ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says strains of five deadly viruses arrived at its branch office in Musashimurayama City to be used for tests.