Japan

"It was like rape": Women in Japan tricked into pornography

Conmen promising fortune and fame trick young women into signing modelling contracts, then later threaten them if they do not do what they ask.

Kurumin Aroma, 27, was one of them.

She dreamt of one day becoming a TV star or a musician.

When she was approached on the streets of Tokyo by a man who offered to give her a start in modelling, she thought she would take a chance.

14-year-old first-ever ransomware creator in Japan arrested by police

Now, there is a news about the arrested of a 14-year-old kid in Osaka Prefecture Japan for creating and distributing a ransomware. It is being said that this arrest is of the first of its kind in Japan.

According to Japan Times, the police hasn’t revealed any personally identifiable information about the kid considering his juvenile status. However, it is known that the kid created a ransomware using a free encryption software.

Tattoo trial could determine the legal future of Japan's taboo ink tradition

As strange as it sounds, it's the truth. In Japan, tattooing can only be done legally by a doctor, though up until the Osaka raids police had only targeted tattooists linked to the yakuza, Japan's powerful organised crime syndicates.

The unusual legal situation is due to regulations aimed at keeping permanent-make-up-style tattooists in check — the same health notice also listed laser hair removal and chemical peels as doctor-only procedures.

Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Japan

It will give 50 million yen (£274, 000) to the Cartivator group that operates outside Toyota city in central Japan.

The Nikkei Asian Review reports Toyota and its group companies have agreed in principle to support the project.

So far crowdfunding has paid for development of the so-called Skydrive car, which uses drone technology and has three wheels and four rotors.

PIC booth stirs much interest at Japan’s Marine Diving Fair

While cherry blossoms were in full bloom, despite bad weather, more than 50,000 visitors attended the fair with more anticipation than last year.

Among them were many enthusiastic divers and travel lovers who were looking for new ocean resorts.

A corner of the main aisle at the fair was almost completely occupied by Pacific islands booths from Palau, Papua New Guinea, Kosrae of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Cook Islands and Marshall Islands, which was a first-time participant on the initiative of tourism authorities and diver groups.

Japan, Tonga seal agreement for new Wind Power Generation project

The signing ceremony was performed between the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, Yukio Numata and the Prime Minister of Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva together with the Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni and JICA Fiji representative, Mr. Sawada in Nuku’alofa yesterday.

Ambassador Numata said the project follows on from the project for the introduction of a micro-grid control system and solar PV which was completed in March 2015.

Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters.

The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group.

North Korea has threatened to sink the Carl Vinson and a US submarine, amid rising tensions in the region.

It also carried out a failed missile test on Sunday, despite repeated warnings from the US and others to stop its nuclear and missile activity.

Is Pokemon Go helping stop suicide at hotspot in Japan?

Tojinbo in Fukui prefecture is famous for its cliffs. Tall basalt columns rise dramatically out of the Japan Sea, drawing sightseers from around the region.

Sadly, it has also become notorious for another kind of visitor, often from further afield, drawn by its reputation as a suicide cluster site.

Fourteen people killed themselves there in 2016, and 12 the year before. But in the first months of this year, there have been no deaths at Tojinbo.

Soroban Education strengthen Tonga and Japan relations

Soroban education is compulsory in Maths subject for Primary Schools throughout Tonga, and also at the Tonga Institute of Education courses for teachers.

The annual National Soroban Competition is one of the cultural and educational events co-hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Embassy of Japan, since 2011 with the collaboration from JICA and ISDF.

Japan pushes forward with countrywide drone delivery services

 With a new FAA drone license in tow, Amazon has received a patent for its Prime Air drone delivery system.

The country has a long history with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and has used the devices for land surveys, farming, security, construction, and even town mascots.