Officials of the environment and transport ministries say they will send experts to 68 ports regularly visited by ships from China, Taiwan, Australia and other places where fire ants live. They have been conducting checks at 7 ports so far.
The experts will place traps and insecticidal bait where the ant is likely to be found.
The fire ant is native to South America. It has been discovered in Japan since May, at ports in Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo.
Three elderly people were stabbed to death in the western Japan city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday and a 26-year-old grandson of two of the victims was soon arrested after being caught holding a knife and a baseball bat. (Jiji)
Japanese authorities will expand their search for poisonous fire ants following recent discoveries of the insect at ports and elsewhere in the country.
Hundreds of people were taken to hospitals across Japan with symptoms of heatstroke on Sunday, as the intense hot weather continues. (NHK)
A sudden gust of wind toppled stalls and injured 11 people at a festival in Ageo City in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, on Sunday evening. (NHK)
The health ministry will launch a survey to look into medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently. (Japan Today)
Kanagawa Prefectural Police working on a tip have arrested a woman after a corpse likely belonging to her husband was found in their residence in Yokohama, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 47-year-old man for allegedly abducting a teenage girl and holding her at his residence for nearly two weeks, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Tochigi Prefectural Police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspect in the molestation of multiple women in Utsunomiya City, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Police in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, said Sunday that the bodies of two women have been found in a car submerged in a lake. (Japan Today)
Participants at an international fisheries conference have failed to adopt a Japanese proposal to set catch quotas for Pacific saury. (NHK)