Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

Jul 1, 2015

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

A memoir detailing the macabre accounts of a 1997 juvenile serial killer is stirring controversy, but not only for its stomach-turning subject matter. “Zekka,” which was published without relatives of the victims being notified in advance, has climbed up the best-seller list. Seito Sakakibara, ...

Jun 8, 2015

Kobe probes hospital over liver transplant deaths

The Kobe Municipal Government inspected a newly opened hospital on Monday where five out of nine patients who received livers from living donors died within a month of undergoing the procedure. The inspection, based on the Medical Care Act, came after the death of ...

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

Mar 28, 2015

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

by Stephen Mansfield

On Jan. 17, 1995, as the city of Kobe suffered one of the country’s worst earthquakes in living memory, the rocks, artificial hills and root systems of Soraku-en, a Meiji period (1868-1912) circuit garden, held firm. This was rather remarkable, given the extent of ...

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

Feb 7, 2015

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

by Suzanne Kamata

Having planned a family trip from our home in Tokushima Prefecture to Kobe and Osaka, we packed our 14-year-old daughter’s wheelchair in the car and took the highway to Awaji Island. By flashing our daughter’s red techo (an identification card for individuals with disabilities ...