Japan Daily News - 2023-06-16


Hello and welcome to today’s news from Japan Daily News on June 16th, 2023. In today’s news, the Japanese government is considering legislation to prohibit unreasonable fees imposed on smartphone app developers. With major IT companies like Apple and Google dominating the market, app developers are often forced to use their systems and charged exorbitant fees. The government aims to create a fairer environment for developers and promote competition.

Moving on to our next story, a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has been arrested for leaking advanced technology information on fluorine compounds to Chinese companies. It has been revealed that the researcher also held positions as a university professor and a corporate executive in China. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating the details of the information leak and whether the researcher violated any procedures.

In other news, a male worker performing transformer maintenance on the JR Uchibo Line in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture, was electrocuted and died. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of the 16th. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

Due to unstable atmospheric conditions caused by cold air in the upper atmosphere, there is a risk of sudden heavy rain, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes in eastern Japan. Please exercise caution. Additionally, temperatures are expected to rise in the afternoon, reaching summer levels in some areas. Take precautions against heatstroke.

Moving on to another story, in the shooting incident involving self-defense force members at a shooting range in Gifu City, it has been revealed that the arrested self-defense force trainee fired a second shot at the instructor after initially shooting at him. The trainee has stated that he specifically targeted the instructor. The self-defense force and the police are investigating the details of the interaction between the two individuals leading up to the incident.

In the case of the murder of four individuals, including a female and a police officer, in Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture, the police plan to re-arrest the suspect on the 16th for the additional charge of killing the second police officer.

In entertainment news, actor Ayato Nagayama has been arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on suspicion of possessing marijuana.

Lastly, following North Korea’s ballistic missile launch on the 15th, Japan, the United States, and South Korea’s security officials have released a joint statement condemning the launch and expressing their commitment to strengthening cooperation in response to North Korea’s actions.

That’s all for today’s news. Thank you for listening to Japan Daily News. Stay tuned for more updates. And now for the weather. Today in Tokyo, the weather will be mostly sunny with a high of 25°C and a low of 22°C. There is a 83% chance of rain and a UV index of 5. Enjoy your day! And that’s all for today’s news. Thanks for listening to Japan Daily News.