Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid

Japan has claimed a world first with its Hayabusa 2 probe which made a “perfect” touchdown today on a distant asteroid. Not only that, but the Hayabusa2 probe also collected samples from beneath the surface of the asteroid. This unprecedented mission may help provide more insight about the origins of the solar system.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda said at a news conference that “We’ve collected a part of the solar system’s history,” as subsurface material has never been gathered before from a celestial body that was further away from the moon. Japan has been able to do it successfully in a world first.

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.

History Of Japan's Hansen's Disease Policy

History of Japan's Hansen's disease policy

The Japanese government promoted the forced isolation of leprosy patients under a 1953 leprosy prevention law. Leprosy is also known as Hansen's disease.

Soon after, it became known that the disease was not particularly contagious and effective treatments had been established. But the government continued with the forced segregation until 1996, when the law was finally repealed.

Japan's Lawmakers Earned Average $245,000 In 2018

Japan's lawmakers earned average $245,000 in 2018

Members of Japan's parliament had an average income of nearly 245,000 dollars in 2018, an increase from the previous year.

Both houses of the Diet released the annual incomes of 698 lawmakers on Monday. Data on some members, including those who won Lower House by-elections in April, were excluded.

Tropical Storm Moving Along Japan's Pacific Coast

Tropical storm moving along Japan's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Sepat is expected to move along the southern coast of Japan's main island through Friday morning, as heavy rain pelts the country's central area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sepat was southwest of Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan.

Japan's Top Govt. Spokesperson Denies Report

Japan's top govt. spokesperson denies report

The Japanese government's top spokesperson denied a media report that US President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the report is not true. He also said the White House confirmed that it conflicts with the stance of the United States.

Survey: Many Of Japan's Elderly Drive Cars

Survey: Many of Japan's elderly drive cars

A Japanese government survey shows a quarter of the country's population aged 80 or older drive cars.

This year's white paper on Japan's aging society has been released amid growing concerns over a series of serious traffic accidents involving elderly drivers.

Chinese Ship Conducts Survey In Japan's Eez

Chinese ship conducts survey in Japan's EEZ

Japanese Coast Guard officials say a Chinese ship has apparently conducted a survey without consent in Japan's exclusive economic zone near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The officials say a patrol boat spotted the ship dangling what looked like a cable into the sea about 89 kilometers off Uotsuri Island on Sunday morning.

Researcher: Japan's Plastic Garbage Can Reach Us

Researcher: Japan's plastic garbage can reach US

A Japanese researcher says ocean currents can carry Japan's plastic waste as far as North America.

Shinsuke Iwasaki of the Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region conducted a simulation to track about 6,300 tons of plastic garbage flowing into the sea from major Japanese cities.

Japan's Westernmost Point Moves 110m Further West

Japan's westernmost point moves 110m further west

Japan's westernmost point has moved further west by about 110 meters, after it was decided to include an ocean rock on official maps.

The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan added the rock to its national base map at a scale of 1 to 25,000. It lies in waters off Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture. The authority decides the extreme points of the country based on the map.

Abe Defends Japan's Pension System

Abe defends Japan's pension system

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has defended the credibility of Japan's public pension system, after a government panel report said about 20 million yen, or nearly 190,000 dollars, would be needed for post-retirement life. He says the wording in the report is imprecise and has caused misunderstandings.

Abe was speaking at a Diet committee meeting on Monday about the report compiled by a panel for the Financial Services Agency.

Japan's Studio Ghibli Theme Park Opens In 2022

Japan's Studio Ghibli Theme Park Opens In 2022

Studio Ghibli’s many fans across the globe will be excited to find out that Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic outfit has decided to open an official theme park in Japan. It was rumored and promised for years that something like this would happen. It was finally confirmed officially this week that Ghibli will indeed be building a theme park in Japan.

Ghibli will team up with the Aichi Prefecture’s government on this project as well as the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper to build the park. While Ghibli merchandise is currently sold by Disney Parks and Walt Disney Pictures had once distributed the studio’s films in the United States as well, this theme park is not going to have an affiliation with Disney’s location in Japan.