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.

Moomin Theme Park Opens Near Tokyo

Moomin theme park opens near Tokyo

A theme park based on the popular Moomin series of children's books has opened in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

A long line of people, including young visitors dressed as Moomin characters, formed before Saturday's opening. The park is located beside a lake in the city of Hanno.

Graduation Ceremony Near Damaged Nuclear Plant

Graduation ceremony near damaged nuclear plant

A junior high school in a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has held its first graduation ceremony since resuming classes after the lifting of an evacuation order there. The order was issued after the plant's nuclear accident resulting from the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Iitate Junior High School was forced to operate in Fukushima City after the March 11 accident, as the entire Iitate Village was subject to the evacuation order. The school reopened there last April after the order was lifted for most of the village. The disaster occurred on the day of the school's graduation ceremony that year.

Japan Protests Russian Drills Near Etorofu

Japan protests Russian drills near Etorofu

Japan has lodged a protest through diplomatic routes with Russia over its planned firing drills in waters near the island of Etorofu. Japan claims the island as part of its Northern Territories.

Russia's government told Japan's Foreign Ministry on Monday that the drills will start on Wednesday and continue through Saturday.