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.

First Japan-british Drill Held Near Mt. Fuji

First Japan-British drill held near Mt. Fuji

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the British army have held their first joint exercise near Mount Fuji in central Japan.

The drill began on Sunday and is scheduled to take place at the Kita-Fuji exercise camp in the area and other places for 13 days. It was agreed upon at a Japan-British summit in August last year.

Typhoon Likely To Near Okinawa Saturday

Typhoon likely to near Okinawa Saturday

A large and very strong typhoon is forecast to come very close to western parts of Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday. Weather officials are warning of strong wind gusts, high waves and heavy rains.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Trami was about 500 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island as of 3 PM on Thursday. It was slowly moving northwest.

3,800 Landslides Confirmed Near Hokkaido Epicenter

3,800 landslides confirmed near Hokkaido epicenter

A survey firm says about 3,800 landslides have been confirmed near the epicenter of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shook Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Thursday of last week. 41 people died, most of them in massive landslides.

Pasco Corporation analyzed a photographic image of the quake-hit area taken by a French satellite on Tuesday, 5 days after the quake. The image covered an 80-by-90 kilometer area.

Man Indicted For Killing 9 Near Tokyo

Man indicted for killing 9 near Tokyo

Prosecutors have indicted a 27-year-old man for killing 9 young people in his apartment in Zama City near Tokyo.

A branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted Takahiro Shiraishi on charges including murder on Monday.

Search Efforts Focus On Town Near Epicenter

Search efforts focus on town near epicenter

Rescuers are searching around the clock to find survivors following a deadly earthquake in Hokkaido.
17 people are dead and 21 more are missing.

The search effort is focused near the epicenter in the town of Atsuma. That's where all the missing people are from.

Seismologist: Active Fault Near Epicenter

Seismologist: active fault near epicenter

A seismologist at Hokkaido University says Thursday's magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred in an area known to accumulate stress underground.

Associate Professor Kei Katsumata said an active fault is located near the epicenter, but he says he cannot say for sure if there is a direct link between the fault and the latest earthquake. He pointed out that its epicenter was 40 kilometers underground but the fault is about 10 kilometers deep.

Jebi Makes Second Landfall Near Kobe

Jebi makes second landfall near Kobe

Weather officials say Typhoon Jebi has made second landfall near the city of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan.

It is now set to barrel across Japan's main island of Honshu after passing through Shikoku. Evacuation advisories are in place.

Typhoon Jebi Expected To Near Japan

Typhoon Jebi expected to near Japan

Weather officials suggest a powerful typhoon could come very close to Japan next week.

The country's Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jebi turned "violent" in its intensity scale on Friday.

2 Tropical Storms Near Japan

2 tropical storms near Japan

People in Japan are on the lookout for 2 tropical systems that are bringing heavy rain and strong winds in the western part of the country.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Soulik was located 280 kilometers southwest of the city of Goto in Nagasaki Prefecture as of 2 PM on Wednesday.