0The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry says there has been no damage at airports in northern Japan in the wake of an earthquake on Tuesday.
The ministry says inspections at airports in Yamagata, Akita, Niigata and Fukushima prefectures revealed no damage to runways, terminal buildings or other facilities.
The Defense Ministry is continuing its efforts to gain the understanding of the people of Akita City in northeastern Japan on its plan to deploy a land-based missile interceptor system known as Aegis Ashore.
The ministry is seeking to deploy the US-made system at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Araya Training Area.
Japan's land ministry has decided to annul Okinawa Prefecture's decision to revoke a landfill permit for the planned relocation site of a US air base.
The landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within the prefecture from Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.
The transport ministry is considering legislation to make it easier for automakers to update software in self-driving cars, along with a raft of provisions to prevent unwanted intrusions.
Under current laws, new technological developments such as automatic braking or lane changing, can only be updated on self-driving cars one unit at a time. Car owners then have to take their upgraded vehicle to inspection centers for a safety check confirmation before the technology can be used.
A special investigative panel of Japan's health and labor ministry has concluded that there was no systematic cover-up of the ministry's flawed statistics, although the office in charge made false explanations.
The ministry set up the panel of outside experts in January to examine problems linked to its monthly survey on wages and working hours.
NHK has learned that all of the Japanese labor ministry's senior officials who were involved in flawed surveys deny previously knowing that the figures were skewed.
The problem surfaced last year, and involves monthly labor ministry surveys on wages and working hours dating back to 2004. The ministry failed to poll all applicable businesses in Tokyo, and also used inappropriate methods to conduct the surveys.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will assign a probe into the labor ministry's faulty statistics gathering to a bureau that specializes in inspection of administrative procedures.
Abe was responding to a question from an opposition lawmaker at an Upper House budget committee meeting on Wednesday regarding the scandal on flawed surveys.