China may have flown drone over Japanese waters

Until Thursday, no such object had been seen in the waters.

According to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, the drone-like object flew above the Chinese coast guard’s Haijing 2308 for about four minutes around 10:50 a.m. (1:50 a.m. GMT).

The Japan Coast Guard is trying to identify the type of the drone and the intention behind the flight.

A drone-like object was spotted flying above one of the four Chinese ships that entered Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa Thursday, according to the Japan Coast Guard. (Jiji)

Residents in mountainous areas of Aomori and Akita prefectures are being warned by authorities to be on the lookout for bears. (Japan Today)

Officials at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo say their giant panda Shin Shin has been showing what may be signs of pregnancy. (NHK)

Toxic benzene at up to 100 times the government safety limit was detected again in groundwater samples collected in April at the planned relocation site for Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Thursday. (Japan Today)

The city government of Nagoya, central Japan, has caught one of the two alligator gars that have been spotted inhabiting the expansive moat of Nagoya Castle. (Jiji)

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with abandonment of a body after she showed up at a Nagoya police station with the body of her newborn daughter in a bag, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)

Japan’s gross domestic product in January-March grew 0.5 pct from the previous quarter in price-adjusted real terms, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report Thursday. (Jiji)

A man in Okinawa was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting two police officers on fire, apparently with gasoline, leaving one of them badly injured, police said. (Japan Today)

One of the reactors at Takahama nuclear plant in the central Japanese prefecture of Fukui has been restarted for the first time in 15 months. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a parlor in Sumida Ward featuring Chinese masseuses for allegedly providing sexual services in violation of the law, reports TBS News. (

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