7 US crew missing in collision off Japan

The Japan Coast Guard says the Philippine container ship reported a collision with the navy vessel before 2:30 AM.

Coast Guard and US navy officials have identified the Philippine ship as the ACX Crystal. They say it weighs 29,060 tons.

The 8,315-ton USS Fitzgerald has suffered considerable damage to its right side.

The US Navy says the injured seamen are the captain and a crewmember.

They say the captain was transferred to a hospital at the Yokosuka base near Tokyo by a Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter and is receiving treatment. The other crewmember is being airlifted there by helicopter.

Helicopter footage from NHK shows considerable damage to the right side of the Aegis destroyer.

An orange hose is visible on the deck, and many crew members can be seen checking the damage.

Seven crew members of a US Aegis destroyer are reportedly missing and 2 are injured following a collision with a Philippine merchant vessel off Izu Peninsula, in central Japan, early on Saturday. (NHK)

The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)

The head of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gangster group was served a fresh arrest warrant Friday in connection with a scuffle at the office of a different yakuza group in Kyoto in January. (Japan Times)

An unemployed 20-year-old man has been arrested for injuring a woman with a stun gun as she rode her bicycle home in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, in April. (Japan Today)

Prosecutors are set to search sites this weekend linked to the nationalist school operator at the center of a scandal tied to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, for evidence of fraud related to subsidies for its preschool, investigative sources said Friday. (Japan Times)

The Defense Ministry announced Friday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, wrapped up three days of joint drills with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the disputed South China Sea. (Japan Times)

A Japanese man accused of taking pictures up a woman’s skirt stabbed two court officers Friday as the verdict in his sex pest case was being delivered, a court spokesman and media said. (dailymail.co.uk)

Japan’s future sovereign, Crown Prince Naruhito, has started a five-day visit to Denmark after the Japanese parliament last week passed a law allowing his father, Emperor Akihito, to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years. (timescolonist.com)

An investigation has found 27 cases in which high-ranking bureaucrats secured cushy jobs after retirement, apparently violating Japan’s national public service law, Kozo Yamamoto, minister for civil service systems, said Thursday. (Jiji)

Japanese farmers have urged lawmakers to stop officials from making too many concessions in an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. (NHK)

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