Tepco Set To Scrap Fukushima Daini Plant

TEPCO set to scrap Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company is set to scrap all four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in northeastern Japan. The reactors have been offline since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

TEPCO is expected to reach a formal decision as early as this month. The plant is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was severely damaged in the 2011 disaster.

First Cap Set On Pacific Saury Catches

First cap set on Pacific saury catches

Delegations from seven countries and one territory have agreed to set a ceiling on Pacific saury catches. This is the first cap of its kind aimed at protecting the fish's dwindling population.

The agreement came at a three-day meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, which concluded in Tokyo on Thursday.

Hayabusa2 Probe Set To Land On Ryugu Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe set to land on Ryugu asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented mission collecting underground rock samples. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at a speed of 40 centimeters per second.

Abe Set To Begin Visit To Iran

Abe set to begin visit to Iran

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran from Wednesday to meet President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Abe will meet the two Iranian leaders in Tehran at a time of rising Middle East tensions caused by the rift between Iran and the United States.

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.

Kyoto Univ. To Set Up Cancer Immunotherapy Center

Kyoto Univ. to set up cancer immunotherapy center

NHK has learned that Japan's Kyoto University plans to set up a research center for cancer immunotherapy to be headed by Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo.

Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, jointly received last year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of a cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Terrorism Response Unit Set Up In Tokyo

Terrorism response unit set up in Tokyo

The Tokyo Fire Department has set up a unit that can quickly respond to terrorist attacks. It's part of preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The new unit will have the capability to operate rescue, chemical disaster response, and other squads in a centralized manner in the event of terrorist attacks and other disasters.

Emperor's Abdication Ceremony Set For April 30

Emperor's abdication ceremony set for April 30

The Japanese government has officially decided to hold Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony on April 30 as an act of state stipulated under the Constitution.

The decision over one of the ceremonies related to the Imperial succession was made at a Cabinet meeting on Friday. The abdication ceremony will be the first of its kind in the history of Japan's Constitution.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Ticket Website Set Up

2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket website set up

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.

The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.

Voters Across Japan Get Set To Cast Ballots

Voters across Japan get set to cast ballots

People across Japan are heading to the polls on Sunday to elect governors, mayors and local lawmakers.

For national parties, it's an opportunity to fortify their base in the lead up to Upper House elections this summer.