Experts' Panel To Plan Shuri Castle Reconstruction

Experts' panel to plan Shuri Castle reconstruction

NHK has learned that the Japanese government plans to set up an experts' panel to discuss how to rebuild Okinawa's Shuri Castle, which was destroyed by fire last month.

The blaze gutted the main structures of the cultural and historical site. Police and fire officials believe an electrical fault was the likely cause of the fire.

Okinawa Sets Up Panel To Assist Castle Restoration

Okinawa sets up panel to assist castle restoration

Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has decided to set up a panel of experts and government officials to promote prefecture-wide efforts to restore the Shuri Castle.

Okinawa officials say the make-up of the panel has yet to be determined, but they are thinking of including experts who were involved in the previous restoration of the castle.

Panel Set To Investigate Kepco As Chairman Resigns

Panel set to investigate KEPCO as chairman resigns

The Chairman of Kansai Electric Power Company has bowed to pressure over a cash-and-gift scandal. Makoto Yagi stepped down on Wednesday to take responsibility for the affair.

Yagi told a news conference: "The situation has caused our company to lose public trust and created enormous trouble. We have reached the decision that the president and I should step down -- to clarify management's responsibility."

Seoul Seen Missing Deadline For Arbitration Panel

Seoul seen missing deadline for arbitration panel

South Korea will likely fail to meet the deadline for acting to establish an arbitration panel on the issue of wartime labor.

South Korea's Supreme Court ordered Japanese firms to pay damages to plaintiffs who say they were forced to work during World War Two. They have begun court procedures for selling off some of the firms' assets that have been seized.

Fujifilm Patents A Touch Sensitive Top Lcd Panel For Its Cameras

Fujifilm Patents A Touch Sensitive Top LCD Panel For Its Cameras

When Fujifilm launched the X-H1 mirrorless camera, it was one of the few Fujifilm cameras that came with a top LCD display. This kind of display can be found on DSLR cameras from the likes of Canon and Nikon, but rarely on Fujifilm cameras. However, it seems that now that Fujifilm has implemented it, they could be looking at ways to improve on it.

According to a report from Fuji Rumors, they have stumbled across a patent which suggests that Fujifilm has been toying with the idea of making the LCD panel touch sensitive. Now the screen itself is pretty small, so it’s not as if it will be used in the same way you might expect from a touch LCD panel mounted on the back of the camera.

Unesco Panel To Screen Osaka Tombs On Saturday

UNESCO panel to screen Osaka tombs on Saturday

A UNESCO committee reviewing nominations for its World Heritage list will resume its screening process on Saturday.

The three-day meeting began on Friday in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to screen 35 natural and cultural heritage sites, nominated by members of the UN body.

World Heritage Panel Starts Nomination Screening

World Heritage panel starts nomination screening

A UNESCO committee has started reviewing nominations for its World Heritage list.

The committee opened its meeting on Friday in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to screen 35 natural and cultural heritage sites, nominated by members of the UN body.

Panel Rejects Okinawa Request On Base Issue

Panel rejects Okinawa request on base issue

A governmental arbitration panel has rejected a request by the Okinawa prefectural government to examine a dispute with the central government over a landfill project to relocate a US military base within the prefecture.

The southwestern prefecture filed the request in April with the Central and Local Government Dispute Management Council.

Suga: Japan Seeks Panel On Wartime Labor Issue

Suga: Japan seeks panel on wartime labor issue

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will keep on urging South Korea to agree on forming an arbitration panel to settle the bilateral issue over wartime labor.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Friday.

Suga Asks For Arbitration Panel To Be Set Up Soon

Suga asks for arbitration panel to be set up soon

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked South Korea's new ambassador to Japan to quickly establish an arbitration panel to address the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Suga spoke to Nam Gwan-pyo when he made a courtesy call on Tuesday to mark the start of his time in Tokyo.

Ldp Panel Compiles Proposals On Rules On It Giants

LDP panel compiles proposals on rules on IT giants

A panel of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party has compiled proposals urging the government to set rules for IT giants to ensure transparency in handling personal data and contracts with client firms.

Huge IT companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, collectively known as GAFA, have faced criticism for collecting large amounts of customer data that they use to safeguard their market dominance.

Panel Debates Name For New Era

Panel debates name for new era

It's a prelude to a new page in Japanese history.
In the coming hours, the government will announce the name of the country's new era, which will start when a new Emperor takes the throne on May 1.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We hope to decide on a name that will lead us into a new era brimming with hope."

Panel Debate Ends On New Era Name

Panel debate ends on new era name

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary has finished a meeting with experts to decide on the name of the country's new era.
Yoshihide Suga heard opinions from all members of the expert panel.

The next step is for Suga to present the names to the heads and vice-heads of both chambers of the Diet.

Citizens' Panel Says Prosecutors Need To Reopen Moritomo Case

Citizens' panel says prosecutors need to reopen Moritomo case

A prosecution inquest panel concluded that prosecutors did a woefully inadequate job in investigating the dubious sale of state-owned land to an educational institution whose one-time head touted his close ties to the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The decision released March 29 obliges prosecutors to reopen their investigation into a scandal that has dogged Abe for well over a year, which also involves the tampering of public documents.