Tokyo To Exhibit Possible Banksy Work

Tokyo to exhibit possible Banksy work

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she is considering displaying a headline-making work of graffiti at the Tokyo government building for a limited time during the spring holidays.

The illustration was discovered on a tide gate on the waterfront in Tokyo's Minato Ward in December of last year. People have noted its resemblance to works by renowned street artist Banksy. The anonymous artist is known for painting satirical artworks on buildings and other structures.

Govt. Urged To Work Against Japan Seafood Ban

Govt. urged to work against Japan seafood ban

Japan's government plans to continue working to end restrictions on imports of Japanese fishery products, even after last week's ruling by the World Trade Organization in South Korea's favor over its ban on seafood imports from Japan.

But Japan may need to devise ways in negotiating with foreign countries, as both lawmakers and fishermen are urging the government to do more.

Landfill Work Continues In Henoko

Landfill work continues in Henoko

Japan's Defense Ministry is ramping up construction on a controversial US military facility in Okinawa. Work is now underway on a new part of the planned site.

Workers have been pouring sand and dirt into the sea to reclaim land off the coast of Nago City.

Landfill Work Moves Ahead In Henoko

Landfill work moves ahead in Henoko

Japan's Defense Ministry has begun the next stage of construction on a controversial US military facility in Okinawa. They're reclaiming land on a new 33-hectare plot. Workers have begun pouring sand and dirt into the sea off the coast of Nago City.

They've already been doing that on an adjacent site. The two areas account for about a quarter of the planned construction.

Softbank To Ban Smoking During Work Hours

Softbank to ban smoking during work hours

Japanese telecom firm Softbank says it will start banning smoking by employees during business hours.

The firm says it will introduce non-smoking days next month. Non-smoking periods will be gradually increased until a total ban takes effect next April.

Govt. Decided On Landfill Work Prior To Referendum

Govt. decided on landfill work prior to referendum

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has disclosed that the government had decided to continue landfill work in Okinawa to replace a US airbase, even before a majority of voters chose to oppose the work in a local referendum.

The landfill work off the Henoko district of Nago City is needed to replace the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, located in densely-populated Ginowan City, also in Okinawa. The prefectural government held the referendum on February 24th, in which a majority of voters opposed the work.

Hiroshima Delays A-bomb Dome Preservation Work

Hiroshima delays A-bomb Dome preservation work

The city of Hiroshima has been forced to postpone plans to carry out preservation work on the Atomic Bomb Dome after receiving no expressions of interest from specialist companies.

The city government was hoping to begin work on the site, which has UNESCO World Heritage listing, by the end of March.

Iwaya: Soft Ground Could Raise Landfill Work Cost

Iwaya: Soft ground could raise landfill work cost

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says work to improve soft ground at the site for a planned US airbase relocation in Okinawa Prefecture could raise the project's initial estimated cost.

The Defense Ministry began dumping rocks and sand off the coast of Henoko, Nago City, last December to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station there.

Waymo May Work On Self-driving Cars With Renault-nissan

Waymo May Work On Self-Driving Cars With Renault-Nissan

Waymo has already worked with the likes of Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover on self-driving cars and is now said to be in talks about a potential partnership with the powerful Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. According to reports Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is in the “final phase” of talks with this alliance for a partnership on self-driving cars.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is quite powerful. Its global sales crossed 10.8 million automobiles last year so it can prove to be a resourceful partner for Waymo, a company that’s looking to put self-driving vehicles on the road for its autonomous taxi service.

Okinawa Calls For Suspension Of Landfill Work

Okinawa calls for suspension of landfill work

The governor of Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan has demanded an immediate suspension of land reclamation work needed to build a replacement for a US Marine airfield there.

Denny Tamaki was speaking to reporters on Thursday, one day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated the need to solidify ground off the coastal district of Henoko in Nago City. The US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is to be relocated there from Ginowan City, also in Okinawa.