June 16th


1)   The Japanese government says foreign travelers with unpaid medical bills will be denied entry to the country in the future, with the number of foreign visitors set to surge in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

2)   Wandering off by people with dementia continues to be a serious problem in Japan’s rapidly aging society, with a record 15,863 such people reported missing in 2017, police data showed Thursday.

3)   A 78-year-old man died after he was shot by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a wild monkey on a mountain slope in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, police said Friday.

Police said Masaru Takahashi, 67, who has a license to use firearms for culling wild animals, has been charged with negligence resulting in death after he shot Hisashi Mori with a shotgun. Sankei Shimbun reported that the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Hunters have been culling wild monkeys in the mountain forest recently.

4)   The Japanese government is looking to arrange a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September in Russia, with Kim having expressed readiness to meet with Abe during his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, a government source said Thursday.

5)   EU countries on Thursday approved a raft of tariffs targeting U.S. goods including whiskey and motorcycles in retaliation against painful duties imposed by President Donald Trump on European metals.

6)   A new law stipulating the rules on operations of “minpaku” private lodgings took effect on June 15.

The “Jutaku Shukuhaku Jigyo-ho” (House stay business law), among other stipulations, compels people or companies to register their properties with prefectural governments and have them approved before they can rent them to tourists for overnight stays.

7)   A railway company in western Japan has partially suspended operations on a Shinkansen bullet train line, after finding evidence that one of its trains hit a person.

West Japan Railway says the driver of a bullet train on its Sanyo Shinkansen line reported seeing a major dent in the nose of another train as they passed each other.

The damage was spotted at around 2 PM on Thursday soon after the Tokyo bound train left Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture.

8)   Japan’s national soccer team has arrived at its training base in the Russian city of Kazan ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday.

9)   An 18th century Chinese vase that was found in an attic in France has sold for about 19 million dollars.

The vase was auctioned in Paris on Tuesday for 16.2 million euros.

It is 30 centimeters tall and depicts deer beside a pine tree with cranes. The neck is decorated with gold.

The auctioneer says the piece was discovered in a shoebox. The owner used public transport to bring it to the auction venue.

10)   Electronics maker Sharp is branching out into a new product area with a so-called smart kitty litter box that helps owners track the health of their pets.

Company officials developed the device together with researchers at Tottori University, and they aim to sell it in Japan and overseas.

The device has 2 sensors that are connected to the Internet —

11)   The head of US electric-car maker Tesla has announced a 9-percent cut of its workforce.

The move is to reduce costs and make the company profitable.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the plan on Tuesday.
His announcement does not say how many employees would be laid-off. US media reports put the number from 3,000 to 4,000.