Japan's Aging Infrastructure In Dire Need Of Repair

Japan's aging infrastructure in dire need of repair

Japan faces a rising tide of aging infrastructure that cannot be repaired due to tight budgets and worker shortages.

Local authorities are required to inspect bridges and tunnels every five years, following a fatal tunnel collapse a decade ago. The accident in the Chuo Expressway's Sasago Tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture killed nine people.


Japanese Lawmakers Debate Bill On Religious Donations

Japanese lawmakers debate bill on religious donations

Japanese lawmakers have started debating a bill that would regulate donations to religious entities. They include the group formerly known as the Unification Church.

The legislation would ban religious groups from soliciting donations in an unscrupulous manner. Opposition lawmakers want to revise the bill to ban donations that are made under the influence of so-called mind control.


Mother Of Late Reality Show Star Sues Tv Broadcaster And Production Companies

Mother of late reality show star sues TV broadcaster and production companies

The mother of late Japanese reality show star Kimura Hana has sued a broadcaster and two production companies in connection with cyberbullying that led to her daughter's suicide.

Hana, a 22-year-old professional wrestler, killed herself in May 2020 after becoming the target of malicious slander on social media for her remarks and conduct on the show "Terrace House," broadcast by Fuji Television.


Man Arrested For Sending Kidnap Threats In Tokyo

Man arrested for sending kidnap threats in Tokyo

Tokyo police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of threatening to kidnap preschoolers and female students.

Police say the unemployed man, Yomogida Haruto, sent the message to the website of Tokyo's Adachi Ward in June and July, saying that he will kidnap 334 kindergarteners and female students. He is suspected of obstructing business.