Municipalities in the Higashi Mikawa region in Aichi Prefecture have been busy examining records of major earthquakes and tsunami that hit the region in the past.
Last August, four cities in proximity to Mikawa Bay and the Sea of Enshu — Toyohashi, Toyokawa, Tahara and Gamagori — came up with
The Aichi Prefectural Police said Thursday they will open an investigation into the town of Higashiura, Aichi Prefecture, on suspicion that officials intentionally added nonexistent residents to its population count in hopes of being upgraded to city status.
Town officials allegedly inflated the number to bring the total to more than 50,000 residents, one of the thresholds to obtain city status.
The Justice Ministry’s Public Security Intelligence Agency on Friday inspected locations linked with Hikari no Wa (Circle of Rainbow Light), a splinter group of Aum Shinrikyo.
Some 70 officials from the agency inspected the group’s biggest facility in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward and also locations in Miyagi, Chiba, Kanagawa, Nagano, Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka prefectures.
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