今年の英語はこれで終了。See you next year. でした。
1) Japan Coast Guard officials say they have observed no lava flows or eruptions from a remote Pacific island volcano in Japan for the first time in two years.
Until recently, explosive eruptions had been taking place from a crater in the island’s center after an underwater eruption two years ago.
2) Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters on Friday that the prefecture had to file the lawsuit to protect the pride and dignity of Okinawa residents.
He said the lawsuit is an effective way to stop the landfill work. He noted it’s a significant move showing his determination to block the construction of the airfield in Henoko.
3) Japan’s top government spokesman says 3 Japanese nationals have been arrested and another detained by the Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage.
Suga said the Chinese government has informed Japan that the authorities arrested 2 men in September after detaining them separately in the provinces of Zhejiang and Liaoning in May.
4) The health ministry has decided to order a Japanese drug maker to suspend its operations as early as next month. The company was found to have used unauthorized methods to produce blood products and systematically covered up its misconduct.
Kaketsuken, or the Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute, based in the western prefecture of Kumamoto, is accused of being engaged in the illicit acts for around 40 years.
The company will be banned from selling all products during this period, except for certain types of blood products and vaccines for which no alternatives are available on the market.
5) A Japanese freelance journalist is reportedly being held by an armed group in Syria.
Jumpei Yasuda reportedly entered Syria from southern Turkey in late June this year to cover the country’s civil war. He was accompanied by a guide.
Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based NGO, said on its website on Tuesday that Yasuda had been kidnapped by an armed group in an area controlled by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.
6) A former law professor has been found guilty of leaking questions on this year’s bar exam to one of his former students.
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday handed a one-year sentence, suspended for 5 years, to Koichi Aoyagi, a 67-year-old former professor at Meiji University’s law school in Tokyo.
Aoyagi was one of the experts who prepared questions for this year’s bar exam.
7) Japan’s Financial Services Agency has imposed a record-high penalty of 7.37 billion yen, or about 61 million dollars, on electronics firm Toshiba for falsifying financial statements.