Car rams into pedestrians in Kobe, seriously injures two

May 3, 2016

Car rams into pedestrians in Kobe, seriously injures two

A car rammed into pedestrians Tuesday morning in Kobe, seriously injuring two people, police said. All up, seven men and women, including the 63-year-old driver of the car, were wounded in the accident. Of those, a 45-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were seriously ...

Apr 18, 2016

Japan's film commissions put spotlight on regional cities

Japan’s regional revitalization efforts have come into the spotlight in a new way, with film commissions promoting parts of the nation through location scouting and production assistance. Usually set up as nonprofit organizations, the commissions help filmmakers obtain permits to shoot in public places, ...

Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

Apr 15, 2016

Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

The Hyogo Safety Commission said Friday it has designated Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a splinter group of Japan’s biggest crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, as an organized crime group under the anti-gang law. By the designation, valid for three years, authorities will be allowed to order the splinter ...

Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

Jan 17, 2016

Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

The city of Kobe and surrounding areas marked the 21st anniversary Sunday of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that killed 6,434 people and demonstrated the horror that can result from an urban disaster. People who lost loved ones in the Great Hanshin Earthquake were among ...

Two men injured in explosion at Kobe pizza shop

Jan 14, 2016

Two men injured in explosion at Kobe pizza shop

Two men suffered burns to their faces and were rushed to hospital Thursday following an explosion at a pizza shop in Kobe, police said. The men, aged 24 and 36 and employees at the Chicago Pizza Co. outlet, were draining a gas cylinder when ...