US destroyer, Philippine ship collide off Japan

Coast Guard and US navy officials say the Philippine container is believed to be the ACX Crystal, which is 222.6 meters long and weighs 29,060 tons.

The navy vessel is said to be the USS Fitzgerald, a 154-meter long Aegis destroyer weighing 8,315 tons.

Helicopter footage from NHK shows considerable damage to the right side of the Aegis destroyer.

An orange hose is visible on the deck, and many crew members can be seen checking the damage.

Japan’s Coast Guard says a Philippine container ship reported a collision with a US navy vessel about 20 kilometers off Shizuoka Prefecture around 2:30 AM Saturday, Japan Time. (NHK)

The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)

The head of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gangster group was served a fresh arrest warrant Friday in connection with a scuffle at the office of a different yakuza group in Kyoto in January. (Japan Times)

A government survey showed Friday that 55.9 pct of Japanese men took child care leave within two months after their wives gave birth. (Jiji)

Japan has declined an invitation to attend the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s annual meeting, informed sources said Friday.

An unemployed 20-year-old man has been arrested for injuring a woman with a stun gun as she rode her bicycle home in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, in April. (Japan Today)

Prosecutors are set to search sites this weekend linked to the nationalist school operator at the center of a scandal tied to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, for evidence of fraud related to subsidies for its preschool, investigative sources said Friday. (Japan Times)

The Defense Ministry announced Friday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, wrapped up three days of joint drills with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the disputed South China Sea. (Japan Times)

As the LGBT community continues to fight for equal rights across the globe, here in Japan small steps are being made towards equality, with same-sex partnerships now officially recognised in six areas of the country, including Osaka, Shibuya, Setagaya, and Naha. (

Officials at the Bank of Japan have wrapped up a 2-day policy meeting. They have decided to press on with their easing program as they pursue their 2-percent inflation target. (NHK)

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