An air ambulance carrying five medical personnel botched its landing attempt after its tail broke upon contact with the ground in the Hirasawa area of Hadano City at around 2 p.m., TV Asahi reports (Aug. 9).
The helicopter was due to transport to a hospital Shunsuke Koga, 18, a third-grade high school student who was unconscious and in critical condition.
Koga was later rushed to a hospital for treatment, but his death was confirmed by nighttime.
A critically injured high school boy died on Monday after the botched landing attempt of a medical helicopter that was scheduled to transport him to a hospital. (Tokyo Reporter)
Japan set the men’s rugby sevens competition at the Rio Olympics alight Monday as they opened their Pool C campaign with a 14-12 win over New Zealand. (Kyodo)
Japanese idol fans at the 2016 Tokyo Idol Festival show us that, when it comes to being first to the front of the stage, all etiquette is thrown out the window. (rocketnews24.com)
Chinese government ships continued to enter Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, even after Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lodged a strong protest to China the same day. (Jiji Press)
An overwhelming majority of Japanese support making it possible for the emperor to abdicate, a Kyodo News survey showed Tuesday, a day after Emperor Akihito issued a rare video message indicating his desire to relinquish the throne if he becomes unable to fulfill his duties. (Kyodo)
NHK has begun test broadcasting the ultrahigh-definition television resolution known as 8K (see below), starting with its broadcasting satellite (BS) channels. (the-japan-news.com)
More than 200 foreigners are members of volunteer fire corps in Japan, a survey by Kyodo News has found, providing a much-needed boost as overall membership dwindles due to the aging population and low birthrate. (Japan Today)
The mercury reached 39.2 degrees Celsius at Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Tuesday, with high temperatures recorded widely from the Kanto eastern Japan region to the Kyushu southwestern region. (Jiji Press)
As Japanese prepare to head for the hills Thursday for their inaugural Mountain Day holiday, retailers and tourism operators are gearing up for an $8 billion windfall. (the-japan-news.com)
My five-week adventure through Japan was coming to an end and I needed to get from Nagasaki in the south to Tokyo in the northwest. Flights turned out to be surprisingly expensive but the train cost about half as much, so I had my solution. (cnet.com)