NHK has learned that a former state minister in charge of integrated casino resorts whose offices were raided by prosecutors on Thursday visited a candidate site and met the relevant officials.
The special investigative team of Tokyo prosecutors searched the offices of Liberal Democratic Party Lower House member Tsukasa Akimoto, in connection with allegations that a Chinese firm brought undeclared cash into Japan. The prosecutors are investigating the possible links between Akimoto and the company.
Japan's Environment Ministry says a site near the starting point of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay in Fukushima Prefecture has been decontaminated, after a higher level of radiation was detected there.
The ministry said on Wednesday that it was detected at a public parking lot adjacent to the J-Village sports complex, where the torch relay will begin on March 26.
Japan's top government spokesman says distances from residential areas should be a major factor in choosing candidate sites for the deployment of a land-based missile defense system.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was speaking on Thursday on the review that's underway of potential host sites for the US-made Aegis Ashore system.
A fire is raging at Shuri Castle, a UNESCO's World Heritage site in the southern prefecture of Okinawa. It started early Thursday morning. Fire trucks have rushed to the scene.
The Naha city fire department says it received an emergency call reporting a fire at the castle at about 2:40 a.m. Japan time.
Many people are visiting one of a group of burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that has been added to the list of World Cultural Heritage sites.
The Mozu-Furuichi Tumulus Clusters, which span the cities of Sakai, Habikino and Fujiidera, consist of 49 mounds built in the late fourth and fifth centuries.