Gulf Times - Japan
After Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about missile launch

After Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about missile launch

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Japan said Monday that a Chinese naval submarine spotted in waters off flashpoint islands in the East China Sea was one of its new types of nuclear-powered attack vessels.

Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan's economic zone

Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan's economic zone

A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan's Coast Guard told Reuters on Friday, as strong winds pushed the burning ship away from the Chinese coast.

Japan protests after Chinese frigate sails near disputed isles

Japan protests after Chinese frigate sails near disputed isles

Japan on Thursday lodged an official protest with China, after it spotted a Chinese frigate in waters surrounding flashpoint islands in the East China Sea, the first such incursion in more than a year.

Japanese astronaut apologises for saying height has increased

Japanese astronaut apologises for saying height has increased

Most astronauts "grow" during protracted space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are usually limited to a couple of centimetres maximum.

Suicide victim video by YouTube star sparks anger in Japan

Suicide victim video by YouTube star sparks anger in Japan

Japanese social media reacted with a storm of outrage to a video by YouTube star Logan Paul showing a suicide victim in a forest near Mount Fuji, as anger spread over the now-deleted video on Wednesday.

Japanese woman, confined by parents for years, found frozen to death

Japanese woman, confined by parents for years, found frozen to death

Japanese police said on Wednesday they have arrested a couple whose 33-year-old daughter froze to death in a tiny room where they had confined her for years because they believed she had a form of mental illness that made her violent.

Japan to beef up missile defence system against North Korea

Japan to beef up missile defence system against North Korea

Japan's government on Tuesday approved the introduction of the US military's land-based Aegis missile interceptor system, beefing up its defence against ‘serious’ and ‘imminent’ North Korea threats.

Japan executes two murderers, including teenage killer

Japan executes two murderers, including teenage killer

Japan Tuesday executed two convicted murderers, including one who committed his crime while in his teens, the justice ministry said, ignoring calls from international rights groups to end capital punishment.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Don't sleepwalk into war over N Korea, warns UN boss

Don't sleepwalk into war over N Korea, warns UN boss

Speaking on a visit to Japan, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The worst possible thing that could happen would be for us all to sleepwalk into a war that might have very dramatic circumstances."

Japan, US, South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

Japan, US, South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programmes.