3 die after taxi crashes into hospital in Japan

The 64-year-old driver of the taxi, Tatsuo Matsuoka, was arrested on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury.

The taxi burst through a window on the first floor of one of the hospital’s buildings and stopped when it hit the wall, according to local police.

Matsuoka told investigators that the taxi did not stop though he hit the brakes and did not slow down though he attempted engine braking, according to the police.

A taxi slammed into a hospital in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka Saturday afternoon, killing three people and injuring seven others. (Jiji)

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a traditional night festival featuring floats in Chichibu City, near Tokyo. (NHK)

The famous scramble crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya’s district will go vehicle-free on New Year’s Eve, informed sources said Saturday. (Japan Times)

Japan’s vacant house problem will become worse before it becomes better. According to government estimates there are 8 million residences in Japan with no one living in them, a number that Bloomberg reports will increase to 20 million by 2033, representing a third of all the homes in Japan. (Japan Times)

Kashima Antlers claimed their record eighth J. League title after coming from behind to stun Urawa Reds 2-1 in the championship final second leg on Saturday and win on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw. (Japan Times)

Japan’s table tennis governing body is planning to launch a new league with the goal of turning it professional. (NHK)

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has held a meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to make the final preparations for a Japan-Russia summit later this month. (NHK)

Akita Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of the body of a 22-year-old woman whose grandmother is missing, reports the Nikkan Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)

Finance Minister Taro Aso was the top political fundraiser in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2015, according to reports submitted to the government by political parties and groups. (the-japan-news.com)

The Japanese government is strengthening management of remote islands within national boundaries as part of an effort to protect territorial waters and impose a check on repeated Chinese provocations near them. (Nikkei)

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