Four people, seemingly the GSDF crew members of the aircraft, were also found near the site. It was not immediately known whether they are safe.
On Tuesday morning, a rescue team including local police officers and firefighters, and an Air SDF helicopter found possible parts of a plane at a location some 3 kilometers east of the summit of Mount Hakamagoshi in the Hokkaido city of Hokuto, according to the ministry and other sources.
Based on features including the paint, the ministry concluded that the apparent plane parts were those of the GSDF’s missing LR-2 liaison and reconnaissance aircraft. The site is scattered with debris from the plane.
NHK has learned that Princess Mako is expected to announce her engagement to a man she met during her university studies. (NHK)
The wreckage of a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force airplane that went missing on Monday was found in a mountain area in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. (Jiji)
In a bid to help reduce teachers’ overtime, Japan’s education ministry will launch a program next month to send advisers to local education boards. (Jiji)
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed on Monday to sum up opinions to strengthen countermeasures against passive smoking by revising a related law. (Jiji)
Japanese companies, municipalities and citizens have fallen prey to cyberattacks that began hitting targets worldwide late last week, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)
About 500 people wearing ancient costumes and hollyhocks paraded through the streets of Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto. The procession is part of a traditional festival that attracts thousands of visitors every year. (NHK)
North Korea says it successfully test-launched a new type of ground-to-ground ballistic missile on Sunday. (NHK)
A man waiting for a helicopter rescue on a mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture was fatally struck Sunday by stones and parts of trees possibly dislodged by the hovering chopper’s prop wash, local police said. (Japan Times)
The government and ruling parties plan to introduce a system enabling pachinko parlors and other gambling facilities to ban the entry of people with serious addiction, government sources say. (Japan Today)
The mayor of a central Japan city who is appealing a high court conviction for bribery secured his third term Sunday after becoming the only person to file candidacy for the May 21 election by the start of the official campaign period. (Japan Today)