Japan Daily News - 2023-04-17


Welcome to Japan Daily News on April 17, 2023. In an effort to prevent children from being left behind on school buses, manufacturers are developing safety devices such as cameras that monitor the inside of the vehicle and sound alarms if a child is left behind. This comes as a new regulation requires the installation of safety devices on school buses.

Police are investigating the homemade bomb used in the attack on Prime Minister Kishida during his campaign stop in Wakayama City. The suspect allegedly used a homemade bomb made from metal pipes, and police are looking into how the materials were obtained and how the bomb was made. Kishida was unharmed, but a police officer sustained minor injuries.

The suspect arrested in connection with the attack on Prime Minister Kishida has not yet made a statement to police. The 24-year-old suspect from Hyogo Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of official duties. The investigation is ongoing.

Train service has resumed on the Narita Line after a power outage caused delays between Narita and Abiko stations. The outage was caused by a malfunction at a substation. The up line resumed service at 6:09 am, and the down line resumed service at 6:40 am.

The government has compiled its first policy package to combat groping on public transportation. The package includes measures from five different government agencies to address the issue of sexual harassment on trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation.

Two members of the Ground Self-Defense Force have been confirmed dead after a helicopter crash near Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture. The search continues for three other members who are still missing. The cause of the crash is under investigation, and there are plans to recover the wreckage from the ocean floor.

A three-vehicle accident involving a bus and a truck occurred on the Shin-Meishin Expressway in Komono-cho, Mie Prefecture. Thirteen people were taken to the hospital, but all were conscious. The cause of the accident is under investigation.