Japan protests to N.Korea over ‘gun’ incident

Japanese government sources say the incident occurred on Friday. A patrol ship was briefly chased by a boat of unknown nationality. They say the boat pointed something resembling a gun at the Japanese vessel.

The government believes the ship was highly likely from North Korea.

Japan lodged its protest through the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, calling on the North to make sure the incident is not repeated.

The Fisheries Agency sends patrol boats to the exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan as part of an effort to deal with illegal fishing by boats from North Korea and other countries.

A former millionaire nicknamed the “Black Widow” over the untimely deaths of her lovers admitted poisoning her last partner at her trial this week in a multiple murder case that has gripped Japan. (theguardian.com)

Japan has lodged a protest against North Korea over an incident this month in which a ship thought to be North Korean pointed what appeared to be a gun at a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel. The incident took place inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. (NHK)

Rescuers have been expanding search areas for missing residents one week after record rains wreaked havoc across the northern Kyushu region in western Japan. (NHK)

Japan’s revised Penal Code stipulating tighter penalties against sex offences went into force Thursday. (Jiji)

Japan’s buses and taxis will be freer to carry packages along with passengers starting in September as the government cuts regulations to battle an increasingly severe shortage of drivers at the nation’s shippers. (Nikkei)

Pokemon GO players in Japan have spent an average of $26 in-game per download since launch, according to Sensor Tower. (pocketgamer.biz)

Public broadcaster NHK apologized Wednesday over a cartoon with Adolf Hitler’s face that was printed on a T-shirt worn by a talk show guest. (Japan Times)

“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” and the U.N. are rhyming. Japanese comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song to promote the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. (Japan Today)

The economy ministry has taken punitive action against major ad agency Dentsu Inc. for its violation of labor law standards, telling the firm it cannot participate in the bidding process for its new projects for a month. (Japan Times)

Chief negotiators from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries met Wednesday in the hot-spring resort town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to discuss how to breathe fresh life into the massive free trade deal after the U.S. withdrew. (Japan Times)

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