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Cabbie held for abandoning drunk rider by road before death

Police arrested a taxi driver on Monday for allegedly abandoning on the roadside a drunk passenger who later died in a traffic incident. (

Tokyo cops arrest taxi driver after fight at restaurant leaves 1 dead

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 53-year-old male taxi driver over the assault of a man outside a restaurant in Fuchu City who later died, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)

Cheating allegations rock professional shogi world

Allegations of software-assisted cheating led the Japan Shogi Association to suspend top-ranked player Hiroyuki Miura from competition earlier this month, but a lack of hard evidence and a dubious inv...

US Osprey aircraft come to SDF base in Kisarazu

Japanese defense officials have measured noise levels from US Osprey aircraft at a Self-Defense Forces base in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. This is the first time for the aircraft to fly over the Chib...

Media invited new SDF peacekeeping duties drill

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has invited the media to a drill of new duties the government is considering for its peacekeeping unit in South Sudan. (NHK)

Japan panel seeks clear definition of serious bullying

A panel of experts urged the Japanese education ministry Monday to clarify the definition of serious school bullying cases and draw up guidelines for investigations of such cases. (Jiji)

GSDF veteran likely made bomb to kill himself

Investigative sources have reportedly found evidence that suggests the man who died in an explosion at a park in Utsunomiya City near Tokyo detonated a homemade bomb. (NHK)

BOJ watching real estate market

The Bank of Japan is closely monitoring developments in the real estate market. It says financial institutions are lending more to the sector as property prices rise in the metropolitan areas. (NHK)

Uber sees opportunities in Japan's rural areas

In a small coastal town on the Sea of Japan, Uber Technologies Inc. is deploying an unusual strategy. (

Shibuya Station area to face traffic bans around Halloween

Having witnessed the massive influx of young people to the area around Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Halloween last year and the year before, the Metropolitan Police Department this year is planning to ...

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