30 confirmed dead in Kyushu’s record downpour

The victims died in Fukuoka and Oita Prefectures in mudslides and floods caused by torrential rain.

Police have conducted DNA tests on bodies recovered from Ariake Sea last Saturday. Ariake Sea borders Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures.

On Thursday, police said that they had identified one of the bodies as a 68-year-old woman from Asakura City in Fukuoka. The woman went missing in the downpour.

Police say that she may have been washed out to sea by a swollen river.

Radioactive tritium, said to pose little risk to human health, will be released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power complex into the sea, according to a top official of the plant operator. (Japan Times)

The death toll from last week’s record rainfall in northern Kyushu has risen to 30. (NHK)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police said officers found the bodies of two people packed in separate bags in woods along a road in Hadano and they are investigating to determine if the deceased are sisters of Chinese nationality who lived in Yokohama and vanished on July 7. (Japan Times)

The U.S. Senate confirmed private equity executive William Hagerty on Thursday as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Japan, filling a post considered especially crucial in light of neighboring North Korea’s recent missile tests. (Japan Today)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he will explain before a parliamentary committee the favoritism scandal with a school operator run by his close friend at the center. (Jiji)

Japan hanged two death-row inmates Thursday morning, the Justice Ministry said, including a man convicted of multiple murders who had reportedly been seeking a retrial. (Japan Times)

Osaka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation into Keisuke Koide over an alleged “inappropriate relationship” with a girl under the age of 18, the details of which appeared in a weekly magazine last month, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

A 71-year-old nurse has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder after allegedly drugging the drinks of two people and causing them to have a car accident, the Chiba Prefectural Police said. (Japan Times)

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is filled with beautiful scenery, but one of the best concentrations is to be found in the town of Biei. With rolling hills and lush farmland, it’s enough to make anyone stop for a moment and drink it all in, especially if you’ve just come from Tokyo or one of the country’s other urban population centers. (rocketnews24.com)

An undersea earthquake off the coast of North Korea was not caused by a nuclear test, the South’s media reported Thursday. (Japan Times)

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