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Hello and welcome to today’s news from Japan Daily News on March 13th, 2024. In today’s news, a former vice president of ‘Nishiyama Farm’, a tourist farm operating company in Okayama Prefecture, has been arrested in Japan after being extradited from Indonesia. The arrest was made in connection with an investment fraud case involving the sale of fruits for overseas markets. The Aichi Prefectural Police Headquarters plans to investigate the flow of funds, as it is estimated that the company collected over 13 billion yen from more than 900 people nationwide.

In another news story, the Nuclear Regulation Authority has reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency that two employees were exposed to radiation at a Japanese Steel factory in Hyogo Prefecture three years ago. One of the employees received a radiation dose equivalent to 10 times the annual limit, which is 500 milligrays. The severity of the accident has been classified as ‘Level 3’, indicating a serious abnormality, according to international standards.

Moving on to a different topic, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan has decided to conduct a nationwide survey to understand the support needed by children with serious illnesses such as pediatric cancer during their hospitalization and after discharge. This will be the first survey of its kind, where children themselves will be directly interviewed.

As for the upcoming ‘Political-Labour-Management Conference’ scheduled for today, the government, business community, and labor unions will discuss the initiative to expand the wage increase movement from major companies to small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim is to ensure that wage negotiations become more widespread.

In other news, a five-year-old boy in Tokyo has been infected with measles. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is urging parents to ensure that their children receive early vaccination, as measles is a preventable disease.

In a shocking incident involving the luxury wristwatch sharing service ‘Tokematch’, watches entrusted to the company were sold without permission. Investigations have revealed that the sales occurred primarily in January of this year, with the total amount exceeding at least 150 million yen. The former executives of the company, who announced its dissolution, left the country on the same day. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating their attempts to convert the watches into cash.

Lastly, the Kagoshima Prefectural Police Headquarters has discovered that personal information, including the names of individuals involved in four different incidents, was leaked to the public. These incidents include a sexual assault case that took place at a lodging facility for COVID-19 patients undergoing medical treatment. The police have apologized to the individuals affected and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the data breach. And now for the weather. Today in Tokyo, the weather will be partly cloudy with a maximum temperature of 13°C and a minimum temperature of 7°C. There is a 100% chance of rain and a UV index of 4. Visit JapanDailyNews.com for the news, yen exchange rates, and a daily Japanese proverb.