April 30, 2016

Opposition Candidates Unified for 21 Upper House Districts

Tokyo, April 30 (Jiji Press)--The Democratic Party and three other opposition parties have unified candidates for 21 of the 32 single-seat constituencies in this summer's House of Councillors election, according to a Jiji Press survey.

Former Giants Pitcher Kasahara Arrested in Gambling Scandal

Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)--The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Shoki Kasahara, a former pitcher of the popular professional baseball club Yomiuri Giants, on Friday on charges of helping organize gambling on baseball.

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POLITICS
Japan Lower House OKs Electoral Reform Bills to Narrow Vote-Value Disparities
ECONOMY
Japan's Auto Production Down 4.2% in FY 2015, Hit by Minivehicle Tax Hike
SPORTS
Panel Proposes Setting Up Olympic Cauldron in Tokyo Stadium Field or Outside
OTHER
JAXA Gives Up Attempt to Restore Control of Troubled Astronomy Satellite Hitomi