JAXA main rocket “H3” No. 2 to be launched on February 15, 2024
Regarding the new main rocket "H3", which failed to launch in March 2023, JAXA = Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch the second vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on February 15, 2024. This was revealed through interviews with the people involved.
Japanese ship attacked in Indian Ocean arrives at Indian port under its own power, photos released
A tanker owned by a Japanese company that was attacked by a drone while sailing in the Indian Ocean has arrived at an Indian port under its own power, the Indian Defense Ministry said, adding that the tanker was not damaged in the attack. A photo of the hull has been released.
Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Department requests Deputy Minister of Justice Mizuaki Kakizawa to appear for full-scale investigation
Officials have learned that the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department has requested Miyuki Kakizawa, former Deputy Minister of Justice, to appear on suspicion of providing cash to ward assembly members during the Koto Ward mayoral election held in April this year. I learned this from an interview. The Special Investigation Department is expected to launch a full-scale investigation on the 28th on suspicion of bribery in violation of the Public Offices Election Act.
Israeli military launches attack on refugee camp in central Gaza; fears of increased casualties
The Israeli military launched an attack on a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, claiming it was a facility belonging to the Islamic organization Hamas. There are concerns that the number of casualties will increase even further in the future as the ground invasion is expanded to include the central region.
“After-school day service” operating company suspected of fraudulently receiving benefits Nagano
It has been revealed that a company that operates an after-school day service facility in Nagano City is suspected of fraudulently receiving approximately 176 million yen in benefits by making false applications such as the placement of childcare workers. I did.
Fires caused by vacuum cleaners...
During the year-end and New Year holidays, there are many opportunities for deep cleaning. When you're busy cleaning, you don't notice the danger beneath your feet. I was supposed to clean the room, but I fell off the stepladder and injured myself. Some vacuum cleaners can catch fire...There are some things you should be aware of when cleaning.
[Details in Q&A] Exclusive interview with Bank of Japan Governor Ueda
On the 26th, Bank of Japan Governor Ueda gave an exclusive interview to NHK at the ``Main Building'' of the Bank of Japan's main branch, which was built during the Meiji era. This is the first time he has given an interview to television media since taking office in April. We will summarize the contents of the interview.
Exclusive interview with Bank of Japan Governor Ueda: Will there be a shift in monetary policy?
Bank of Japan Governor Ueda gave an exclusive interview to NHK. The Bank of Japan plans to change its monetary policy once it is certain that it will be able to achieve its 2% price stability target along with wage increases, but Governor Ueda has said that the key point for future policy decisions is whether wage increases will be decided in next year's spring labor union. Based on two points: trends and the impact of past wage increases on prices, it is possible to make advance decisions based on relevant data even if the results of wage increases for small and medium-sized enterprises are not available in next year's spring labor union. This idea was expressed.
Hitoshi Matsumoto Weekly Magazine Report Yoshimoto Kogyo ``There is no such fact at all''
Regarding the testimony of a woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Hitoshi Matsumoto of the popular comedy duo Downtown, which was published in some weekly magazines, Yoshimoto Kogyo, to which Ms. Matsumoto belongs, said, ``We have absolutely no knowledge of the matter. We are planning to consider legal measures in the future.
Okinawa Prefecture appeals to Supreme Court over “proxy execution” of ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko
On the 27th, Okinawa Prefecture appealed to the Supreme Court on the 27th, dissatisfied with the ruling ordering approval for ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko, Nago City, where the U.S. military base Futenma in Okinawa will be relocated. Meanwhile, the national government has decided to carry out a "proxy execution" on the 28th to approve the construction on behalf of the prefecture, and is proceeding with the process.
Body found in Nagoya apartment building confirmed to be 30-year-old woman. Is she a resident?
On the 26th, a 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a karaoke shop near Nagoya Station, and the body of another woman was found in the apartment of the suspect's partner. The woman was identified as a 30-year-old woman who appears to be the resident of this room. Police are investigating the relationship between the suspect and the two women and how the incident happened.
“I want to build up my body to show the strongest Naoya Inoue” at a press conference overnight
Naoya Inoue, who became the second person in professional boxing history to unify the championships of four major organizations in two weight classes, held a press conference one night after the match and said, ``In order to show the strongest Naoya Inoue, I will do it in the super bantamweight division.'' I want to build up my body as much as I can," he said of his future aspirations.
There are two countries behind the Israeli military's expansion of fighting into neighboring countries.
The Israeli military, which continues its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, is also intensifying its offensive against the Islamic organization Hamas with heavy airstrikes. Meanwhile, the Israeli military is also engaged in battles with the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah in northern Israel, but the Defense Minister emphasized that they will continue to respond on multiple fronts. Against this backdrop, Israel's Defense Minister Gallant told the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ``Israel continues to be at war on many fronts, and those who act hostile against us may become targets.The strong will survive.'' "It's a battle," he said, emphasizing his intention to continue responding on multiple fronts. As the saying goes, the aftermath of the battle continues to spread to the surrounding area. "Catch! World's Top News" Caster Asami Mochizuki's commentary. (Broadcast on December 27th) *The video cannot be viewed on the 3 minute 03 second data broadcast.
Parent and child hit and killed in Tokyo's Suginami Ward, car backing up at over 20km/h
On the 26th, a mother and her first-year elementary school student were killed in an accident in Suginami Ward, Tokyo after being hit by a passenger car.The car appears to have started in reverse and crashed into a guardrail on the opposite side of the road at speeds of over 20km/h. I found out through an interview with the Metropolitan Police Department that this is the case. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the accident in detail.
Fixed-line telephone communication failure: SoftBank given administrative guidance and instructions to prevent recurrence
Regarding the communications failure that occurred in SoftBank's landline phone service last month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications issued administrative guidance on the 27th instructing the company to prevent a recurrence.
More than 90% of schools use fax for work despite progress in digitalization
When the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology investigated the status of digitalization in schools, it found that communication with parents was not progressing in many situations, and more than 90% of schools were using fax for business purposes. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is encouraging improvements to reduce the burden on teachers.
Epicenter area of the Great East Japan Earthquake A cliff about 26m high on the ocean floor Was it created by an earthquake?
A group including Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and Niigata University, which used manned submersibles to investigate the seafloor in the epicenter of the Great East Japan Earthquake, discovered an approximately 26-meter-high seabed that appeared to have been created by the earthquake on the seafloor at a depth of 7,500 meters off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. announced that they had discovered a meter-long cliff. This is the first time that the appearance of the fault caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on the ocean floor has been captured on video.
“Postpartum care” infant death accident: parents file suit with Yokohama city seeking compensation
Last year, parents filed a lawsuit against the city of Yokohama and others seeking damages of over 88 million yen over an accident in which a two-month-old baby died at a midwifery clinic that was contracted by the city to provide postpartum care. I did. The parents say, ``We hope that the lawsuit will lead to a review of the safety management of the business.''
What to do and preventive measures
``Mochi'' is an indispensable part of the New Year's table, whether it's baked and eaten or added to ozoni. What you need to be careful about is suffocation caused by choking. What should you do if your family or friend chokes on rice cake in front of you? First of all, what is important to avoid choking? Please be aware of this so that you don't make your New Year's Day a sad one.
Trying out the New Year's Eve bell at Chion-in Temple in Kyoto
Ahead of New Year's Eve, monks at Chion-in Temple in Kyoto tested the New Year's Eve bell.
Six Japanese automakers' global sales increased year-on-year in November
Last month's global sales for Japan's major automakers were higher than the same month last year for six out of eight companies, including Toyota's record high for November due to strong sales in North America. I surpassed it.
Government aims to submit amendments to the “Agricultural Policy Constitution” to strengthen food security
As securing a stable supply of food becomes a global issue due to factors such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine and climate change, the government has decided on an overall picture of future policies aimed at strengthening food security. The government aims to submit to next year's regular session of the Diet a bill to revise the Basic Act on Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, which is considered the ``constitution of agricultural policy,'' and a bill that incorporates measures to address food shortages.
More than 530 tons of sardines have been collected, and the work is almost complete Hakodate, Hokkaido
Earlier this month, the city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, announced that it had recovered approximately 530 tons of the large amount of sardines that washed up on its shores, and that the recovery work was almost complete.
Nachi Falls Re-stretching the shimenawa rope before the New Year Wakayama Nachikatsuura Town
Before the New Year, the shimenawa rope hanging over Nachi Falls was replaced at Kumano Nachi Taisha, a World Heritage Site in Nachikatsuura Town, Wakayama Prefecture.
[Video] Sea lions perform calligraphy with high school students Ibaraki Oarai
Towards the end of the year, at an aquarium in Oarai Town, Ibaraki Prefecture, a sea lion who is good at calligraphy performed with high school students to write their resolutions for next year in kanji.
Actor Lee Sung Kyun dies, appeared in 'Parasite'
Lee Sung-kyun, a Korean actor who appeared in films such as ``Parasite,'' which won four Academy Awards, was found dead in Seoul. Lee was being investigated by the police on suspicion of using illegal drugs.
The government announces that it will not approve the IR facility development plan submitted by Nagasaki Prefecture and others.
The government has announced that it will not approve the development plan for an IR (integrated resort facility) that includes a casino, which was applied for by Nagasaki Prefecture and other countries, based on the results of a review by a committee of experts. The expert committee stated, ``It cannot be said that there is sufficient evidence to support the certainty of funding.'' The development plans by Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City, which were submitted at the same time, were approved in April this year, while Nagasaki Prefecture's plan was subject to continued review.
Investigation into illegal export case is illegal; judgment orders national and metropolitan government to pay compensation
The Tokyo District Court has agreed with the prosecutor's office in a lawsuit in which the president of a company, who was arrested on suspicion of illegal export and detained for nearly a year, was later found to be innocent. The court recognized the illegality of the Metropolitan Police Department's investigation and handed down a judgment ordering the national government and the Tokyo metropolitan government to pay compensation.
Representatives of Osaka after-school day care service investigated for assault on two children
The representative of the corporation that operates the facility was arrested in connection with an accident in which a male student who attended an after-school day service in Osaka for children with disabilities went missing and later died in a river. Three people were taken to the police station on suspicion of assaulting two children belonging to another user, including hitting them.
Two Apple watch-type devices banned from sale in the US due to patent infringement
Two wristwatch-type devices from American IT giant Apple were found by authorities to infringe on the patents of other companies, and their sale in the United States was prohibited from the 26th. There are concerns that if the situation continues for a long time, it will affect business performance.
Testimony of former House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono released Oral History Project
The House of Representatives has released the testimony of former Speaker Yohei Kono as the first step in an ``oral history'' project to listen to and record testimonies from former speakers.
Nagoya woman stabbed to death: murder weapon, kitchen knife, prepared and taken to karaoke bar
On the 26th, a 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a karaoke bar near Nagoya Station. It has been revealed that the male suspect arrested appears to have prepared the murder weapon, a kitchen knife, in advance and brought it into the bar. I learned this from an interview with the police. The body of another woman was also found in the apartment where the suspect had a relationship, and the suspect said, ``I killed her by submerging her in the bathtub.'' Police are investigating the relationship between the two women and the circumstances surrounding the incident. .
Houthis launch missile attack on container ship in Red Sea, raising concerns about logistics disruption
Yemen's Houthi rebels have repeatedly attacked ships navigating the Red Sea, and on the 26th they announced a missile attack on a container ship. Major shipping companies have been forced to make detours through the Red Sea, and a survey found that 185 ships have been affected by route changes to date, raising concerns about disruption to logistics.
Two people died after being hit by a car in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, confirmed to be a parent and child living nearby
On the 26th, two people, a woman and a girl, were killed after being hit by a car in Suginami Ward, Tokyo.The two people were confirmed to be a father and son who lived nearby. The arrested employee of the car maintenance company stated that he was trying to test drive a car he had maintained, and the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the details of the accident.
Three former Ground Self-Defense Force members found guilty in Gonoi's sexual assault case
Three former members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force who were the superiors of Rina Gonoi (24) were found guilty of forcibly performing indecent acts on her. They did not file an appeal by the appeal deadline on the 26th, and their sentences were suspended. A sentence of two years in prison was finalized.
North Korea Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee General Assembly begins, focus on military policy
North Korea announced that the general meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, which decides important policies, began on the 26th. The General Assembly is also expected to decide on plans to launch multiple additional military reconnaissance satellites, and what concrete policies will be announced regarding nuclear and missile development as the ``Five-Year National Defense Plan'' enters its fourth year next year. The focus will be on
Bank of Japan December decision-making meeting: “Trends in wage increases should be closely monitored” Opinions abound
The Bank of Japan has released the ``main opinions'' from its monetary policy meeting held this month, and many members expressed the opinion that trends in wage increases should be looked at when deciding whether to change monetary policy. I understand that.
[Live streaming] Takashimaya press conference The cake arrives in a collapsed state
The company is holding a press conference from 11:30 a.m. on the 27th after some of the Christmas cakes that Takashimaya, a major department store, pre-sold online were delivered in a collapsed state. We are broadcasting the press conference live.
TEPCO decides to lift “operation ban order” at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant Nuclear Regulation Authority
On the 27th, the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced that the TEPCO Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture, which had been ordered to effectively prohibit its operation due to a series of anti-terrorism issues, is expected to make autonomous improvements. After confirming that this was the case, we decided to lift the order. The order has been lifted for the first time in two years and eight months, and procedures for restarting the nuclear power plant owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, which caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, will be resumed. This was the first time that a power company operating a nuclear power plant was ordered to prohibit its operation.
Liberal Democratic Party member Yoshitaka Ikeda's office search, political funding issue, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
In a case involving a political funding party run by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department revealed that Yoshitaka Ikeda, a member of the House of Representatives who is believed to have received over 40 million yen in kickbacks from Abe's faction on suspicion of violating the Political Funds Control Act, We began searching the office located in the Diet Building. This is the first time that a member of the Liberal Democratic Party has been raided for a series of issues related to factions within the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Special Investigation Department is expected to work to uncover the details of the circumstances, including the members' perceptions.
President Putin holds summit meeting of former Soviet leaders, tightening sphere of influence?
Russian President Vladimir Putin convened a meeting of the leaders of former Soviet states and appealed for unity. This meeting will also be attended by the leader of Armenia, who has expressed growing dissatisfaction with Russia and is moving closer to the West, and President Putin appears to be aiming to tighten ties with the countries he considers to be in his sphere of influence.
Advertising vehicles with out-of-town license plates to be regulated by Tokyo metropolitan council as early as May next year
Regarding advertising vehicles running in downtown areas, the Tokyo Metropolitan Council has compiled a report stating that the design of not only vehicles with Tokyo license plates but also non-Tokyo license plates should be regulated, and regulations will be expanded in May 2024. It was decided that it would be done.
Two people killed after being hit by car in Suginami Ward, Tokyo Driver ``trying to take a test drive''
On the 26th, in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, an employee of an automobile maintenance company who was arrested for an accident in which a woman and a girl, believed to be a parent and child, were hit and killed by a passenger car told investigators, ``I was trying to test drive a car that I had repaired.'' In an interview with the Metropolitan Police Department, it was learned that the driver stated, ``I hit a pedestrian when I backed up.'' The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the accident, as the car was made in a foreign country and was an older model.
Countermeasures against congestion in expressway service areas: consideration of charging for long-term parking
Expressway companies have announced measures to prevent congestion in their service areas, which they have been studying with experts, and are considering charging cars parked for long periods in the future.
[Updated from time to time] Israeli military chief: “The war will continue for months”
The Israeli military, which continues its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, is intensifying its offensive, announcing that it has carried out airstrikes on more than 100 targets belonging to the Islamic organization Hamas in one day. Hamas, on the other hand, is preparing to fight back through guerrilla warfare, and the number of civilian casualties continues to rise. We will keep you updated on developments regarding Israel and Palestine as of December 27, Japan time.
Arrested on suspicion of illegal export; long-term detention found innocent; state compensation lawsuit today's verdict
After being arrested on suspicion of illegal export and detained for nearly a year, the president of the company, who was later found to be innocent, requested compensation of over 500 million yen from the national government and the Tokyo metropolitan government, claiming that the investigation was ``illegal.'' The verdict in the case will be handed down at the Tokyo District Court on the 27th. The trial is taking an unusual turn, with an active investigator testifying that the incident was fabricated, and the verdict will be closely watched.
Ukrainian military withdraws from eastern base, destroys large amphibious ship in south
As Russian forces intensify their offensive in eastern Ukraine, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army has confirmed that he has withdrawn his troops from Mariinka, one of his strongholds in the eastern Donetsk region. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military is emphasizing its military accomplishments, saying it destroyed a large Russian military landing ship in southern Crimea, which Russia unilaterally annexed.
“Miko” training session at Cannabihiko Shrine in preparation for New Year’s visit, Naruto, Tokushima
A Mikoto training session was held at Cannabihiko Shrine in Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, to welcome the New Year visitors.
Nagoya woman stabbed to death: two people visited karaoke bar
A police interview revealed that the man arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 20-year-old woman at a karaoke bar near Nagoya Station on the 26th and the woman had visited the bar together. Ta. The body of another woman was also found in the apartment where the suspect had a relationship, and the suspect said, ``I killed her by submerging her in the bathtub.'' Police are investigating the relationship between the two women and the circumstances surrounding the incident. .