Category: National

Five Barcelona attack suspects killed

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Police on Friday shot and killed five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle

Shelter confirmed for Japanese in ROK

Tokyo has been studying plans to evacuate Japanese nationals living in South Korea amid mounting tensions with Pyongyang over possible ballistic missile launches. The evacuation plan would include repatriating Japanese nationals after they evacuate to shelters. However, South Korea has yet to consent to the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces’ transport vessels and aircraft. The Japanese

Former marathon runner arrested for shoplifting

Hara, who represented Japan in two world championships and came sixth in the women’s marathon in Helsinki in 2005, allegedly stole food and cosmetics worth around 2,600 yen from a convenience store in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, on July 30, the police said. The 35-year-old has admitted to the allegation. Hara is also known for having

Japan plans installation of land-based Aegis missile defense system amid North Korea threats

WASHINGTON – The Defense Ministry plans to introduce a land-based Aegis missile defense system to respond to North Korea’s missile threats and will seek funding in the next fiscal year to cover system design costs, a government source said Wednesday. The ministry had been considering a budgetary request to conduct studies on the installation of

Four MSDF servicemen treated after helicopter flips over at Iwakuni Air Base

YAMAGUCHI – A Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter flipped over near the ground Thursday at an air base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, injuring three servicemen and leaving another unwell, the MSDF said. The CH-101 chopper overturned at the MSDF’s Iwakuni Air Base while descending during a drill involving hauling cargo suspended from the aircraft, according to

Child abuse cases top 120,000 in Japan in FY 2016

Child abuse increased in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures, the ministry also said in a preliminary report for the year that ended in March. The overall number of child abuse cases handled by child counseling centers across the country rose 19,292, or 18.7 pct, from the previous year to 122,578, the worst figure since