Foundation launched for ex-comfort women in S. Korea

As early as August, the Japanese government will contribute one billion yen, also in accordance with the agreement jointly announced by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, on Dec. 28 last year.

The foundation’s start, however, was rocky. More than a dozen young people burst into a room where Kim Tae-hyun, 66, head of the foundation, was to hold a press conference and temporarily occupied the stage, shouting slogans to stop the establishment of the foundation.

In addition, Kim, honorary professor at South Korea’s Sungshin Women’s University, was doused with a liquid by a man and rushed to hospital just after the press conference, according to a witness.

A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)

A foundation was launched in South Korea with its first executive meeting on Thursday to support so-called former comfort women under the Japan-South Korea accord reached last year. (Jiji Press)

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 32-year-old man and his wife for over the alleged confinement of their son, 3, that led to his death in Sakai City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)

The smoking rate for Japanese men stood at 29.7 percent as of May this year, slipping below 30 percent for the first time since the survey began in 1965, Japan Tobacco Inc. said Thursday. (Japan Times)

The Japan Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season in the Kanto region. (

Oriental Land on Thursday reported a net profit of 16.2 billion yen ($155 million) for the April-June quarter, a 5% increase from a year earlier, as visitors flocked to its Tokyo Disney theme parks even as ticket prices kept climbing. (Nikkei)

Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a teenage couple on charges of burying the dead body of their newborn baby girl. (Japan Today)

The Bangladeshi government has postponed the closing bid for a large-scale project funded by Japan’s official development assistance in the wake of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dhaka earlier this month that left 20 hostages, including seven Japanese, dead, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Municipalities in Tokyo have agreed to the government’s plan to set a new approach route for Haneda Airport over downtown districts. (NHK)

The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will open official shops selling products designed for the Games on Friday. (NHK)

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