Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito visits Denmark

Naruhito was welcomed Thursday at Copenhagen airport by Crown Prince Frederik, heir to throne of Denmark — one of the world’s oldest monarchies — and his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary.

Akihito’s 57-year-old son will later meet with Frederik’s mother, Queen Margrethe, and Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen. His trip also includes a visit to fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s museum in Odense, central Denmark.

Japan’s future sovereign, Crown Prince Naruhito, has started a five-day visit to Denmark after the Japanese parliament last week passed a law allowing his father, Emperor Akihito, to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years. (timescolonist.com)

An investigation has found 27 cases in which high-ranking bureaucrats secured cushy jobs after retirement, apparently violating Japan’s national public service law, Kozo Yamamoto, minister for civil service systems, said Thursday. (Jiji)

Japanese farmers have urged lawmakers to stop officials from making too many concessions in an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. (NHK)

Takata Corp , the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective air bag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc., sources said on Thursday. (Japan Times)

Japan, eclipsed by China in startup activity, is boosting efforts to get foreign venture capital firms more involved with its entrepreneurs. (the-japan-news.com)

Two children who attended the same preschool in Kawasaki died within a week earlier this month, possibly due to an infectious disease, city officials said. (Japan Times)

A Cabinet Office panel of experts on Thursday effectively confirmed that Japan’s current economic expansion continued for the 53rd consecutive month in April, making it the third longest in the postwar period. (Jiji)

Toshiba Corp. unveiled on Thursday a submersible robot to take live video of reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to confirm whether fuel debris is sitting at the bottom of a pool of radioactive water inside. (Japan Times)

Japan’s Diet has enacted a bill criminalizing the act of plotting terror attacks and other organized crimes. (NHK)

Labor authorities on Wednesday referred H.I.S. Co. and two of the travel agency’s senior officials to prosecutors for allegedly forcing employees to work overtime beyond legal limits. (Japan Times)

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