Anti-drone Measures To Be Tightened Near Airports

Anti-drone measures to be tightened near airports

Japan's transport minister has indicated that the restrictions on using drones near airports will be tightened to ensure the safety of aviation.

Kazuyoshi Akaba was speaking to reporters on Friday, following reports that a drone had been spotted the previous night over Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan. The runways were temporarily closed and 27 flights were affected.

School Children In Japan Becoming Near-sighted

School children in Japan becoming near-sighted

Researchers in Japan found that about 10 percent of junior high school students may be suffering from a severe type of near-sightedness known as high myopia.

A Keio University team surveyed the eyesight of 1,416 children attending elementary and junior high schools in Tokyo.

Typhoon-hit Railway Station Near Tokyo Congested

Typhoon-hit railway station near Tokyo congested

Commuters had to endure long lines at a key railway station near Tokyo on Tuesday where the escalators and automatic ticket gates were not operating after being damaged by Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway's Musashi-Kosugi Station, south of Tokyo, was flooded at the weekend due to torrential rain.

800 Pigs Culled As Swine Fever Detected Near Tokyo

800 pigs culled as swine fever detected near Tokyo

Officials in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, have culled about 800 pigs after swine fever was detected at a hog farm.

The prefectural government started putting down pigs at the farm in Chichibu City late on Friday after the virus was detected earlier in the day.

Tower Collapses At Nuclear Institute Near Tokyo

Tower collapses at nuclear institute near Tokyo

A tower at a nuclear research institute northeast of Tokyo has collapsed due to strong winds generated by Typhoon Faxai. Officials say no one has been injured and no radioactive substances have been released into the environment.

Representatives from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said workers at the agency's institute in Oarai Town, Ibaraki Prefecture, discovered on Monday that a cooling tower had collapsed.

Krosa Likely To Near Western Japan On Wednesday

Krosa likely to near western Japan on Wednesday

Severe tropical storm Krosa will likely approach western Japan on Wednesday, weather officials say. It is currently south of the country over the Pacific and moving northwest toward the country.

The meteorological agency warns that heavy rain is expected in western and eastern Japan on Tuesday afternoon as a mass of moist air hits these areas ahead of Krosa's arrival.

Police: Arson Suspect Seen Near Other Buildings

Police: Arson suspect seen near other buildings

Police in Kyoto say the man suspected of a deadly arson attack on an animation studio could have been targeting other facilities belonging to the company, based on security footage from the day before.

The incident took place at Kyoto Animation's number one studio on Thursday, killing 34 people and injuring 34 others.

Gunshot Heard Near Scene Of Attack On Policeman

Gunshot heard near scene of attack on policeman

Police in Osaka say what is believed to be a gunshot was heard in the city of Suita on Sunday morning shortly after a police officer was stabbed and had his handgun stolen.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder and theft.

Two Die In Mass Stabbing Near Tokyo

Two die in mass stabbing near Tokyo

Police say one child and one man were killed and 16 others injured in a mass stabbing near Tokyo on Tuesday. They say the alleged attacker also died from self-inflicted wounds.

The assault occurred at around 7:45 a.m. as a group of elementary school children were waiting to board a school bus in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Flying Object Seen Near Imperial Palace Again

Flying object seen near Imperial Palace again

A suspicious flying object was seen hovering in the sky near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday night. There were similar sightings last week. Police say the object may have been a drone, even though it is illegal to fly drones in the area.

Police officers spotted the flying object while they were patrolling a park in Chiyoda Ward, near the Palace.
They say the object had flashing white lights.

Japan Protests Russian Drills Near Kunashiri

Japan protests Russian drills near Kunashiri

Japan has lodged a protest with Russia over military drills in the waters near Kunashiri, an island that is part of the Northern Territories. Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.

The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.