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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Japan

Last year
# Monkey Business
Monkey killed in Japan after injuring nearly 50 people
City officials have been trying for weeks to track down a vicious gang of monkeys.
# Tokyo
Japan executes man who killed seven people in truck ramming and stabbing
The country has maintained the death penalty despite growing international criticism.
# planet of the apes
Japanese police to resist monkey attacks with tranquiliser guns
The city isn’t sure if the attacks are the work of multiple monkeys or a single aggressive individual.
# Japan
Residents ordered to evacuate after Japanese volcano erupts
There were no immediate reports of injuries after Sakurajima erupted on the southern island of Kyushu.
# Global Relations
Japan warns of rising global tension in wake of Russia-China military ties
The report calls Russia’s war on Ukraine a “serious violation of international law”.
# trouble in the ranks
With the Taoiseach 9,000km away, Fianna Fáil backbenchers are not happy being brushed off
Micheál Martin has dubbed mutterings of a heave against him as speculation, but backbenchers say something has to give.
# taoiseach abroad
Taoiseach meets Prime Minister of Japan to discuss trade, Ukraine and nuclear disarmament
The Taoiseach also expressed his sincere condolences on the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
# sea turtles
Dozens of sea turtles stabbed to death off Japanese island
Local reports said some fishermen in the area believe the turtle population is increasing.
# Taoiseach
Taoiseach to express condolences on Abe killing on official visit to Japan
Micheál Martin will also visit Singapore on the four-day visit.
# Assassination
Japanese prime minister blames police for death of former leader Shinzo Abe
He blamed inadequate police security for the shooting.
# Investigation
Japanese police find bullet marks near site of Shinzo Abe’s shooting
They are apparently from the first shot fired from a suspect’s powerful homemade gun that narrowly missed Mr Abe.
# Funeral
Japan mourns as funeral for former PM Abe held in Tokyo
Abe was shot at close range on Friday while giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara.
# Japan
Shinzo Abe's party wins key 'supermajority' in Japanese elections
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner Komeito are now part of what is now a two-thirds supermajority willing to amend the country’s pacifist constitution.
# Tokyo
Japan holds election in shadow of Shinzo Abe assassination
Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida insisted the shock killing would not halt the democratic process.
# Assassination
Japanese police admit security flaws as body of former PM Shinzo Abe arrives home in Tokyo
Japan’s former PM was assassinated during a campaign event on Friday.
# Assassination
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe dies after being shot
The 67-year-old was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
# Reaction
'An attack on democracy itself': World leaders stunned after murder of Shinzo Abe
The former leader was attacked at a campaign rally in western Japan.
# Cyberbullying
Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying
Hana Kimura’s death in 2020 prompted calls for stronger regulation of online abuse.
# Climate Change
Heatwave follows flooding in China as changing weather patterns wreak havoc
Troubling weather patterns worldwide have ‘all the hallmarks of climate change’, say scientists.
# Stunted
Pandemic leaves Japan 'clearly behind' for Rugby World Cup, says coach Jamie Joseph
Japan played no games in 2020 because of coronavirus restrictions.
# US
Biden says US would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan
A Chinese official referred to the Taiwan issue as a “purely internal affair for China”, in reaction to Biden’s remark.
# Final Chapter
'I would love to leave Munster with hopefully two trophies' - De Allende
The in-form Springbok centre is leaving at the end of the season.
# Hokkaido Island
Japan sightseeing boat accident death toll rises to 11
The Kazu I sent a distress signal on Saturday afternoon in the waters off Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.
# Shiretoko Peninsula
10 dead, 16 missing after sightseeing boat sinks off Japanese coast
The Kazu I sent a distress signal on Saturday afternoon after it began taking on water off the remote northeastern tip of Japan’s Hokkaido region.
# Development
Ireland Women set for their first-ever summer tour in Japan
Head coach Greg McWilliams feels the tour will be crucial in developing Ireland’s players.
# Japan
Tokyo residents warned of potential blackouts as a result of earthquake
Homeowners and businesses have been asked to conserve power after coal-fired power stations stopped working because of the quake.
# Quake
Tsunami alert lifted after powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Japan
The quake was centred off the coast of the Fukushima region at a depth of 60 kilometres.
# Mount Fuji
Japan-US marine combat drills held amid fears over Chinese and Russian activity
Training was held near Mount Fuji as the allies strengthen military cooperation.
# Looking Back
Arrested rugby star Ferguson details Japan prison nightmare
The player was arrested over an alleged assault and possession of illegal drugs in Tokyo last month.
# Japan
Toyota suspends production at domestic plants after reported cyber attack
A spokeswoman for Toyota said that the stoppage, which for now will last a day, would affect production of 13,000 vehicles.
# Japan
Japan agrees US military curbs to tackle 'sharp rise' in Covid cases
The spike has been blamed on the US military because the case increases are most pronounced in areas near the bases.
# Japan
Rare snow in Tokyo forces over one hundred domestic flight cancellations
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a heavy snow alert for the city for the first time since 2018.
# North Korea
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea
The launch followed a speech by Kim Jong Un last week in which he said North Korea would continue to build up its military capabilities.
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# Death Row
Japan executes three prisoners for first time since 2019
Japan and the US are the only members of the G7 group of developed countries that still use the death penalty.
# closed borders
Japan shuts borders as world races to stem new Covid variant
The Philippines also said it would temporarily suspend plans to allow fully vaccinated tourists.
# two-length victor
No joy for O’Brien in Japan Cup as Contrail ends on a high
Triple Crown winner now heads to stud.
# Fukushima
UN experts arrive in Japan to review plans for release of Fukushima water
The team will meet with Japanese officials and visit the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
# Triple G
Golovkin returning to the ring for middleweight unification bout with Japanese star Murata
The fight, scheduled for 29 December, will be the 39-year-old’s first in over a year.
# skillset
20-metre passes and 50:22 kicks - Keenan is a key influence for Ireland
The Leinster fullback is one of the first names on Andy Farrell’s team sheet.
# Try time
'We'd love to do it all the time' - Sexton on Ireland's exciting attack against Japan
The Ireland captain says that the All Blacks won’t present similar opportunities.