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VOX POPULI: Caution needed for summer to go swimmingly
People enjoy sea bathing in Fukuoka on July 21 after the rainy season ends in northern Kyushu area. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A beach ball is filled with air, but what's inside a swim ring? If "air" is your answer, sorry, you've missed this one. The correct answer is "someone who can't swim."
EDITORIAL: Abe needs to get priorities right before reactor...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government has required all prefectural and municipal entities within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to have their own emergency response plans.
South Korean Prosecutor: All 15 crew that navigated ferry held
A diver wears a helmet to look for people still missing from the sunken ferry Sewol, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea April 26. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--All 15 people involved in navigating the South Korean ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing are now in custody after authorities detained four...
Tragedy strikes national project to secure vital resources, fend...
Part of the planned pier is visible in the lower right in the seas near the Okinotorishima islands. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Five workers were killed and two are missing after an unanchored pier section flipped over near the Okinotorishima islands, Japan's southernmost point, considered an important...
One for the road. Traffic signal crashes in Hiroshima
A traffic signal light in Hiroshima fell to the ground on Oct. 24. (Provided by Hiroshima prefectural police)
HIROSHIMA--A concrete pole here snapped and sent a traffic signal crashing to the ground early on Oct. 24, the third problem involving traffic posts in Hiroshima Prefecture in...
Transport ministry joins automakers to standardize pedestrian...
New pedestrian safety technology, demonstrated to the media in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Oct. 11, displays an alert on the driver’s navigation system upon detection of a possible collision between a pedestrian and the vehicle. (Masahiro Yuchi)
The Japanese government has been working to advance the development of a unified standard for new wireless technology that improves road safety by alerting drivers to the...
Flowers offered at site where Good Samaritan died
People pray in front of a flower altar by the side of a rail crossing in Yokohama's Midori Ward on Oct. 2. A 40-year-old woman was fatally hit by a train at the site on the previous day after rescuing an elderly man on the tracks. (Sayuri Ide)
YOKOHAMA--A makeshift altar by the side of a rail crossing where a 40-year-old woman died while rescuing an elderly man was heaped with flowers the following day.
Good Samaritan dies after pulling elderly man off train tracks
Natsue Murata (Provided by Shigehiro Murata)
YOKOHAMA--Natsue Murata always helped people who were lost or needed assistance, so the sight of an elderly man lying face down on the tracks with a train bearing down on him...
VOX POPULI: JR Hokkaido must change its corporate culture
A freight train car is derailed on Sept. 19 on the JR Hakodate Line in Nanae, Hokkaido. (Provided by Japan Transport Safety Board)
Every company has a unique corporate culture. Take, for example, the difference between the Mitsubishi and Mitsui groups. It is often said that Mitsubishi’s forte is its...
BIZ BRIEF: Honda to include computerized accident prevention...
Honda Motor Co. announced March 29 that it has developed an accident avoidance support system that will be bundled into a safety package with enhanced features, including side...
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING/ Calls grow for regulations following surge in...
Police rescue a climber on Mount Otenjodake in Nagano Prefecture on Jan. 4. (Provided by Nagano prefectural police)
The rising number of deaths and accidents on Japan’s mountains in the winter involving inexperienced alpinists has prompted climbing experts to call for stricter regulations...
UPDATE: Investigators probe Boeing 787 battery maker
This battery was removed Jan. 17 from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport. (The Asahi Shimbun)
KYOTO--U.S. and Japanese aviation safety officials took their investigations into problems with Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner to the headquarters of the plane's battery maker on...
Battery charred, deformed on ANA Dreamliner flight
This battery was removed Jan. 17 from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport. (Shigetaka Kodama)
High heat caused carbonization and deformities in a battery aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that made an emergency landing after smoke filled its body, the Japan...
Nuclear power industry's shady payments since Fukushima crisis
An elementary school building under construction in Rokkasho village, Aomori Prefecture, on Aug. 1 with donations from the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (Yo Noguchi)
The nuclear power industry has made behind-the-scenes payments to the tune of at least 3.18 billion yen ($40 million) to six local governments hosting nuclear-power related...
U.S. Osprey involved in 58 mishaps; opposition to deployment rises
Bound for Japan, MV-22 Osprey aircraft on the Green Ridge cargo ship at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego on June 29 (Provided by U.S. Forces Japan)
Osprey transport aircraft were involved in 58 “mishaps” between 2006 and 2011, U.S. military documents showed, as debate over their deployment to Japan intensified,...
China's worst rail disaster fading from memory
Debris of the front car of the Hexie D301 high-speed train, which rear-ended the D3115 train in July 2011, remains covered in mud and weeds in Wenzhou, China, on July 12, 2012. In the background, right, are cars of the D3115 train. (Atsushi Okudera)
WENZHOU, China--It's almost as if the rail disaster in this southeastern city that claimed 40 lives last July never happened.
TEPCO to pay 1 trillion yen in decontamination costs
TEPCO's nameplate at its head office in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. faces a 1-trillion-yen ($12.5 billion) bill for cleaning up airborne radioactive contamination from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...
Diet investigative panel: Fukushima nuclear accident was man-made
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, left, head of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, submits its final report to Lower House Speaker Takahiro Yokomichi on July 5. (Satoru Semba)
Lambasting both Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the prime minister’s office, the Diet’s task force investigating the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant recommended...
Defense minister plays down Osprey fears
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, center, and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, right, meet Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto in Tokyo on June 19 to request that he calls off the plan to station Osprey transport aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. (Eiji Hori)
Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto, trying to quell an uproar over U.S. plans to deploy Osprey transport aircraft in Japan, said at least one of the two recent crashes overseas...
EDITORIAL: Strengthen transport rules to protect passengers
A chartered tour bus driver who caused an accident on the Kanetsu Expressway that killed seven and injured 39 passengers on April 29 reportedly told police he nodded off at the ...