Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Kiyota Ward in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, to view damage caused by the major earthquake that hit the northern prefecture on Thursday.
Abe on Sunday inspected severely listing houses and caved-in roads in Kiyota, where the jolt triggered what appears to be ground liquefaction. Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto briefed him on recovery efforts.
Japan's Princess Mako has visited a city in Brazil's Amazon region to pay respects to the pioneering Japanese people who immigrated there.
The eldest daughter of Prince and Princess Akishino arrived in the city of Tome-Acu on Friday on an official tour of Brazil. She is the first Japanese imperial family member to visit Tome-Acu, located deep in the Amazon.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited the worst-hit areas in Okayama prefecture in the record rainfall that has battered the western region of Japan.
On his arrival at an Okayama airport, Abe observed the situations in the devastated areas in Kurashiki and Takahashi cities from a Self-Defense Force helicopter.
A senior Defense Ministry official says Akita Prefecture in northern Japan is one of the best locations for the planned deployment of a ground-based ballistic missile defense system.
The ministry plans to install 2 Aegis Ashore units to guard against possible missile attacks from North Korea. The candidate sites are the Self-Defense Force grounds in Akita City and Hagi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
SAPPORO- - Passengers on East Japan Railway Co's. awesome sleeper Train Suite Shiki-Shima will experience some high culture to facilitate, with standard Ainu culture presentations highlighted on the calendar proclaimed by JR East.
Travelers will be managed to conventional shows passing in transit of life of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido and far northern regions. The fervor on JR East's excess package visits for spring, summer and fall will consolidate the striking crane move and live music.