2 US aircraft carriers leave Sea of Japan

A Pentagon official told NHK on Monday that the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan withdrew after completing a 3-day drill last week.

The rare deployment of 2 carriers in waters close to the Korean Peninsula came amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program and repeated missile launches.

The official said the Carl Vinson is now returning to its home port in San Diego, California.

The Navy has dispatched the USS Nimitz to the Western Pacific to continue monitoring developments on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.

The US Defense Department says 2 aircraft carriers deployed in the Sea of Japan have now left, but that it will continue to monitor moves by North Korea. (NHK)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he hopes that China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic initiative will be realized along the lines of international rules. (NHK)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly dumping about one dozen cat corpses found buried in a park in Sagamihara City last year, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

Hyogo Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested the top boss of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on charges of fraud related to a service contract for a mobile phone, reports Jiji Press. (tokyoreporter.com)

Japan’s next-generation mainstay fighter aircraft, the F35 stealth jet, has been shown to the public. (NHK)

In many countries outside Japan, Hitachi is best known as a maker of TVs, PCs, and other consumer electronics. However, the company is actually involved in a wide variety of electrical and mechanical engineering endeavors, including manufacturing and installing elevators. (Japan Today)

A 14-year-old boy from Osaka, western Japan, has been arrested for allegedly creating a type of computer virus called “ransomware.” (NHK)

A rock collected in 1965 by a then high school student in the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, part of the Chugoku region of western Japan, has been confirmed to be a dinosaur egg fossil, the city and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Monday. (Jiji)

Railway operators in and around Tokyo have jointly launched a campaign warning people accused of groping not to flee by running along the railway tracks. (NHK)

Japan predicts that its second satellite aimed at establishing the country’s version of the Global Positioning System will generate markets of more than 2 trillion yen across a wide range of fields, such as engineering, construction, surveying and farming. (Jiji)

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