Nord Stream explosion: Swedish prosecutors announce completion of investigation
Regarding the explosion that occurred in 2022 on an undersea pipeline connecting Russia and Germany, the Swedish public prosecutor's office announced the end of an investigation that had been ongoing for more than a year, stating that ``no evidence of national involvement was found.'' . The future focus will be on the outcome of the investigation by German authorities and other authorities.
20m high snow sculpture “Asahikawa Winter Festival” begins in Hokkaido
The Asahikawa Winter Festival has begun in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, and the venue is crowded with tourists and citizens who come to see the big snow sculptures.
Four people arrested on suspicion of violating the Specified Commercial Transactions Law after offering construction contracts to disaster-stricken homes
Four people, including executives from a company in Kobe City, have been arrested for allegedly failing to provide a document stating the cancellation of the contract when they offered a contract to install blue tarpaulins on houses in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which were affected by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake. it was done.
Family court approves second gender change petition for gender identity disorder Okayama
On the 7th, the family court issued a decision approving the petition for non-surgical gender change made by a person with gender identity disorder living in Okayama Prefecture. This is in line with the decision of the Grand Bench of the Supreme Court issued in October last year, and the parties expressed their joy at having their second application approved.
[Earthquake breaking news] Seismic intensity 4 in northern Wakayama Prefecture
At around 8:59 p.m. on the 7th, there was an earthquake in Wakayama Prefecture with an intensity of 4. There is no need to worry about a tsunami from this earthquake.
House of Representatives Budget Committee Prime Minister Kishida “Understand the actual situation and judge political responsibility” on political funding
Prime Minister Kishida will determine political responsibility at the House of Representatives Budget Committee after understanding the actual situation regarding the issue surrounding the political funding party of the Liberal Democratic Party's factions through interviews with relevant members and a questionnaire survey of members affiliated with the party. I have reiterated my thoughts.
Shiga Nuclear Power Plant monitoring post missing “Is communication failure the cause?” Measures to be taken
Due to the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, some of the monitoring posts installed around the Shiga Nuclear Power Plant in Shiga Town, Ishikawa Prefecture were unable to obtain radiation dose data. , announced a policy to take countermeasures such as strengthening communication multiplexing.
What are the measures?
In February, we started hearing people complaining that their noses were stuffy and their eyes were itchy. We talked about what measures to take before cedar and cypress pollen starts flying in earnest.
I wish they would come out and say it was a joke...The last moments of a firefighter who was close to brothers
He was the first to rush to the scene of a fire. He was buried alive shortly after his family was evacuated after the first earthquake, and he returned home and changed into his fire department uniform. The deceased firefighter was still clutching the belt of his uniform in one hand. ``I feel like someone might come out from behind the scenes and say, ``This is a joke...'' I really hope it's a joke,'' said the fire department captain, who ``was like a little brother to me.''
Elderly man dies from hypothermia after falling in his garden due to snow Chiba Funabashi
It has been learned that an elderly man in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture, fell in his garden due to the snow that started on the 5th and died from a drop in body temperature.
Gunma Isesaki More than ten people injured after being bitten by dogs at two parks one after another; dogs captured
On the evening of the 7th, elementary school students and adults were bitten by dogs one after another at two parks in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture, and more than a dozen people were injured. In both cases, the injuries appear to be minor, and the dog that bit them has already been captured, so police are investigating the circumstances at the time in detail.
Hyogo elementary school student's sibling murder case: Prosecutors seek death penalty for uncle
At the trial of a 53-year-old uncle who was accused of murder and arson for setting his house on fire and killing his elementary school brother in Inami Town, Hyogo Prefecture three years ago, prosecutors said, ``He deserves extremely strong condemnation.'' '' and demanded the death penalty. On the other hand, the defense argued that the death penalty should not be given, saying that ``the defendant has a mild intellectual disability.''
4-month-old infant dies at unlicensed child care facility in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Last December, Tokyo's Setagaya Ward announced that a four-month-old infant who had been left at an unlicensed daycare facility had died.
U.S. Republican Nevada primary: ``Neither'' Haley wins
On the 6th, a primary election was held in western Nevada to select the candidate of the opposition party and Republican Party for the US presidential election, and major media outlets in Central America, where former President Trump did not participate, voted as ``none of the candidates.'' It is now certain that she will surpass former United Nations Ambassador Haley. It appears that supporters of Mr. Trump voted ``None'', resulting in a difficult result for Ms. Haley, who lost to Mr. Trump in absentia.
Demonstration experiment of full-course French cuisine by drone at Mt. Usu, Hokkaido
In an effort to create new tourism content, a demonstration experiment was conducted using a drone to transport a full course French meal to an observation deck on Mt. Usu in Hokkaido.
Used cargo ship export destination searched on suspicion of false declaration; Export to Iran?
According to interviews with investigators, the Metropolitan Police Department has searched a shipping-related company in Osaka on suspicion of falsely declaring the export destination of a used cargo ship to customs as the United Arab Emirates. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the details of the incident, as it was actually exported to Iran.
Akita: 70 bear victims this year, worst ever; 90% of seriously injured patients suffered facial injuries
As of the end of January, 70 people in Akita Prefecture had been attacked and injured by bears this year, the worst number on record. An interview with the university revealed that 90% of the seriously injured patients transported to Akita City University Hospital had facial injuries.
All traffic closures on the Metropolitan Expressway have been lifted and snow removal work has been completed.
The Metropolitan Expressway had been partially closed due to snow that had been falling since the 5th, but the closure was lifted at 4:30 p.m., as work to remove the snow had been completed and safety had been confirmed.
131 people killed in Chilean wildfires: “Weather conditions also contributed to the spread of damage,” local researcher says
A large-scale wildfire that occurred in Chile, South America, and has killed at least 131 people, caused extensive damage in areas where houses were densely packed on slopes, and local researchers believe that It has been pointed out that weather conditions also played a role in increasing the damage.
Government bill presented at Liberal Democratic Party meeting to create “security clearance”
On the 7th, a bill necessary to create a "security clearance" system in which the government checks and certifies the trustworthiness of people who handle information important to economic security was introduced at a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on the 7th. If a certified person leaks information, it will be subject to imprisonment for up to five years.
Democratic Party of Japan decides to withdraw from talks with ruling party over trigger clause
The Democratic Party of Japan has decided to withdraw from negotiations with the ruling party regarding the ``trigger clause,'' which suspends the taxation of the added portion of gasoline tax, citing no hope for progress.
Six company executives and others arrested for stealing 35 million yen worth of LINE Pay points
Six company executives were arrested for repeating fictitious transactions on the cashless payment service ``au PAY'' and defrauding them of 170 million yen worth of points.The Metropolitan Police Department has also accused them of 35 million yen for using the same trick on LINE Pay. He was re-arrested for stealing points.
Sendai nuclear power plant and Genkai nuclear power plant to continue operation ``conforms to standards'' including earthquake countermeasures
Regarding the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture, which were being examined due to a review of seismic standards, the Nuclear Regulation Authority has issued an examination report stating that they have passed the standards. has been officially compiled. If they did not pass the test by April this year, there was a possibility that their operations would be suspended, but now they can continue operating.
A 20-year-old suspect suspected of embezzlement after failing to return a luxury foreign car rental was re-arrested.
Last September, a luxury foreign rental car that had been rented in Nagano Prefecture was involved in an accident in Oita Prefecture, approximately 700 kilometers away, and was severely damaged. He was arrested for not doing so. He has denied some of the charges in response to the investigation.
Liberal Democratic Party Ishiba and others' group decides to withdraw notification of political organization
In response to the problems surrounding political funding parties of factions in the Liberal Democratic Party, a group of parliamentarians led by former Secretary-General Ishiba decided to withdraw the notification of political organizations that they had maintained even after the party had transitioned from a faction to a group.
Former Chilean president dies in helicopter crash, responds to mine collapse, etc.
On the 6th, a helicopter crashed on a lake in southern Chile, killing former President Sebastián Piñera. He was 74 years old.
More than 37,000 Ishikawa homes continue to experience water outages, with efforts to restore normalcy
In Ishikawa Prefecture, more than 37,000 households in seven cities and towns continue to be without water (as of 2 p.m. on the 6th), including almost all of Wajima City and Suzu City. While there are predictions that recovery will take place after April at the earliest, there are efforts to gradually return to normal life, such as by setting up temporary baths where people can pour hot water over water.
Killer whale surrounded by drift ice, unable to be seen off the coast of Rausu, Hokkaido
On the 6th, town officials searched from land on the morning of the 7th for a killer whale that was trapped in drift ice off the coast of Rausu Town, Hokkaido, and found that it could no longer be seen. Compared to the 6th, the density of the drift ice appears to be lower, and Rausu Town officials say, ``We hope they manage to escape.''
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi met with officials from the former Unification Church in his hometown of Yamaguchi Prefecture three years ago
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi revealed that he appears to have met with an official from an organization related to the former Unification Church in his home prefecture of Yamaguchi three years ago, and that it was one of the many meetings he had, and details of the exchange are not available at this time. I explained that I was not sure.
It's been more than a day since the bear entered the Akita warehouse, traps are set and monitoring continues.
On the 6th, a bear broke into a warehouse in Akita City, and more than a day has passed since then. The city, together with the police and hunting association, has set up traps at the warehouse and is continuing to monitor it.
Japan's women's basketball team announced to advance to world final qualifying round for Paris Olympics
The members of the Japanese women's basketball team who will compete in the final world qualifying round to compete for the Paris Olympics have been announced, with 12 members selected including captain Saki Hayashi and Maki Takada. Japan's first match will be against Spain on the 9th at 12:30 a.m. Japan time, and NHK will broadcast it live on BS.
Former Honda employee arrested for using corporate contract credit card for personal purposes
A former employee of the major automobile manufacturer Honda was arrested for using a corporate credit card for personal purposes and causing the company approximately 23 million yen in damage. The Metropolitan Police Department estimates that the computer was used for personal purposes approximately 5,000 times, and that the total damage was estimated at 70 million yen.
Four months into hostilities between Israel and Hamas, it's unclear whether negotiations will be reached
Seven days will mark four months since the start of hostilities between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas. Negotiations for a cessation of fighting and the release of hostages are progressing with Qatar and other mediators acting as intermediaries, but there remains a gap between Hamas, which seeks a complete ceasefire, and Israel, which does not accept it. It is unclear whether negotiations will be concluded.
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Moriyama: “I may have signed the nomination confirmation form. It was thoughtless.”
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Moriyama was reported to have signed a ``Recommendation Confirmation'', which was a de facto policy agreement with the former Unification Church, during the last House of Representatives election, and ``Maybe he signed it without reading the contents carefully.'' .It was thoughtless.''
At least 131 people killed in Chilean wildfires, more than 300 missing
At least 131 people have been confirmed dead so far in the massive wildfire that broke out in Chile, South America. According to local authorities, the fire has been largely extinguished, but there are still more than 300 people who cannot be contacted, and the number of victims could rise further.
Shogi "Osho Tournament" 4th game: Will Fujii's 8th title be defended? Will 8th Dan Sugai return with one win?
The fourth round of the "Osho Tournament", one of the eight major shogi titles, has begun in Tokyo, and whether Sota Fujii (21), who has won three consecutive games so far, will decide to defend his title, or the challenger Tatsuya Sugai (8-dan) will decide to defend his title. It will be interesting to see if 31) returns with one win.
Toyota to spend approximately 190 billion yen on main factory in the US for EV production starting next year
Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it will invest an additional $1.3 billion, or approximately 190 billion yen in Japanese yen, in its main factory in southern Kentucky next year in preparation for the production of EVs (electric vehicles) in the United States starting in 2025.
Shuto Expressway continues to be closed due to snow removal work (10:30 am)
Due to the snow that started on the 5th, many sections of the Metropolitan Expressway are currently being closed to traffic as work is underway to clear the snow from the roads.
Why is iced coffee called "Reiko" in Osaka?
"Give me Reiko!" Have you ever heard such an order at a coffee shop in Osaka? "Reiko" means cold coffee = iced coffee. But why did it come to be called this in Osaka? In the first place, does it really work? Even though it was out of season, I went into town to check it out. (Osaka Broadcasting Station Director Yuki Takuma/Koki Mitamura)
U.S. Senate approves Campbell as deputy secretary of state, emphasizing countering China?
On the 6th, the U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Indo-Pacific Coordinator for the White House's National Security Council, Campbell, as Deputy Secretary of State. The Biden administration is expected to continue to focus on countering China, which it positions as its biggest competitor.
Israeli military spokesperson: 31 hostages held by Hamas have died.
Israeli military spokesperson Hagari announced on the 6th that 31 hostages held by the Islamic organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip have died.
Russia marks Japanese group over Northern Territories as ``undesirable group''
The Russian Ministry of Justice has announced that it has designated a Japanese organization that continues to campaign for the return of the Northern Territories as an "undesirable organization," effectively banning its activities in Russia. This appears to be an attempt to increase pressure on Japan.
“Former President Trump’s immunity does not apply” Second trial dismisses case
Former President Donald Trump, who was indicted for invading the U.S. Congress three years ago, has appealed his second federal appeal in a court case in which he had argued that his actions as president while in office were not criminally responsible. Following the first instance, the court rejected Trump's appeal.
U.S. Boeing accident: Panel fixing bolts were not installed properly
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the window panels of a Boeing 737 MAX 9 passenger plane operated by Alaska Airlines were blown off last month over the western state of Oregon, and that the bolts securing the panels were not properly installed. A report has been published stating that this was the cause.
US Secretary of State: ``We have received a response from Hamas,'' hoping for progress in negotiations in the Gaza Strip
Secretary of State Blinken, who is visiting Qatar in the Middle East, announced on the 6th that he had received a response from the Islamic organization Hamas in response to a proposal from Israel regarding negotiations for a cessation of fighting in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages. revealed. Secretary Blinken expressed hope for progress in the negotiations, saying, ``There are still challenges, but an agreement is necessary and possible.''
Northern Territories Day Foreign Minister Kamikawa adheres to the policy of resolving the territorial issue and concluding a peace treaty
The 7th is Northern Territories Day. Foreign Minister Kamikawa maintained the policy of resolving the territorial issue and concluding a peace treaty with Russia, and emphasized his intention to resume exchange activities as soon as possible.
Prince Harry visits King Charles, who announced his cancer, since his coronation
On the 6th, his second son Prince Harry visited King Charles of England, who announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Local media have widely reported that Prince Harry, who has retired from public duties and continued to criticize the royal family based in the United States, will meet his father for the first time since his coronation in May last year.
Earthquake intensity 4 in Shiga Town, Ishikawa Prefecture, no fear of tsunami
At around 6:08 a.m. on the 7th, there was an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 4 in Shiga Town, Ishikawa Prefecture. There is no need to worry about a tsunami from this earthquake.
African swine fever spreads rapidly in South Korea; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries strengthens border control measures
The infectious swine disease ASF (African swine fever) is rapidly spreading in Busan, South Korea, near Kyushu, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned that the risk of it invading Japan is increasing. In conjunction with the Chinese New Year, we have decided to strengthen our waterfront measures.
As the severe cold continues, roads become icy, so be careful not to fall or be affected by traffic.
The Kanto-Koshin region remains bitterly cold on the morning of the 7th. Due to the recent heavy snowfall, there are places where snow remains and roads are frozen, so please be careful not to fall or impact traffic.
Labor union proposes “increase in the number of air traffic controllers” to create new work in response to Haneda accident
On the 6th, a labor union filed a complaint with the Civil Aviation Bureau regarding the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's decision to create a new person in charge of air traffic control in order to prevent erroneous approaches to runways following a collision between planes at Haneda Airport. We requested that the number of air traffic controllers be increased before operation.
The Emperor's family receives an explanation of the damage caused by the Noto Peninsula earthquake and the state of restoration.
On the 6th, the Emperor's family received an explanation from government officials about the damage caused by the Noto Peninsula earthquake and the state of recovery.
Government rushes to adjust and design gradual expansion of “support subsidy system” to counter declining birthrate
In order to secure financial resources to combat the declining birthrate, the government estimates that the monthly average contribution per subscriber to the ``support subsidy system'' collected through public medical insurance will be just under 500 yen. We are moving forward with a detailed system design.
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Moriyama: ``We are cutting ties now.'' Ritsumeikan demands an explanation and his resignation.
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Moriyama, who was reported to have received election support from groups affiliated with the former Unification Church, has now severed ties with the organization and indicated that he will continue to respond to requests for dissolution orders. In response, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will continue to ask for an explanation and replacement in the Diet on the 7th.
“More than half of North Korean defectors are negative about hereditary power” South Korean government survey
The South Korean government has released a report based on a survey of more than 6,000 North Korean defectors. More than half of those who defected in recent years had a negative evaluation of the hereditary succession of power in North Korea's supreme leader, pointing out that critical views of hereditary succession are increasing.