Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways pledged to take measures on Friday to prevent heavy drinking by flight crew in response to recent incidents involving alcohol-affected pilots from the two major airlines.
Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was released after being held captive in Syria for more than three years, returned to Japan on Thursday. Speaking to the media aboard a flight, he described the years in captivity as “hell”.
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday evening that the missing Saudi journalist had died in a fistfight inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials claimed an audio recording proves that he was brutally murdered by a state-sponsored hit squad.
Five elderly patients at a central Japan hospital died amid a heatwave after the air conditioners in their rooms broke down on August 20th. The hospital failed to report the possibility that heatstroke caused their death, according to the police.
A grand jury report released last week showed over 300 “predator priests” are accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania. Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church covered up the horrendous acts over seven decades, according to the report.
Police in Osaka have placed a 30-year-old rape suspect on a nationwide wanted list, mobilizing about 3,000 officers for a week. He escaped from a police station on August 12th by breaking an acrylic partition shortly after he met with his lawyer there.
A two-year-old boy, who went missing on a small island in western Japan, was found unharmed on Wednesday morning. Amid a massive manhunt, a veteran male volunteer in his 70s miraculously spotted the toddler sitting on a rock near his great-grandfather’s home.
All nine people on board a rescue helicopter that crashed into a mountain in central Japan were confirmed dead on Saturday. The chopper was checking a new climbing trail when it went down on Friday morning.
Founder of Aum Supreme Truth cult and six other death row inmates were executed, the Justice Ministry announced on Friday. The cult committed a series of heinous crimes in the 1980s and ’90s including a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.
Twelve boys and their soccer coach were found alive inside a flooded cave in Thailand on Monday after they spent nine days trapped there. But experts say it may take months before they can be rescued.