Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Jul 23, 2014

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Temperatures soared across the country on Wednesday with highs for this summer recorded in many areas, the weather agency said. The Meteorological Agency issued heat wave advisories in more than 16 prefectures, warning of dehydration and encouraging the use of air conditioning. Several hundred ...

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

Nov 16, 2013

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

by Winifred Bird

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have recently been mulling major changes to the country’s farm policy. The move comes against the backdrop of high production costs and average farm size not having grown much since 1965. For decades the government has used ...

Oct 8, 2013

Japan, U.S. to use Ospreys for first time in exercise

U.S. Marine Corps and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel began a joint exercise Tuesday in Shiga Prefecture. During the exercise, which will last through Oct. 18 in the Aibano Training Area, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft will be used for the first time in ...

Feb 1, 2013

Independent panel links Shiga student's 2011 suicide to bullying

An independent panel looking into a 13-year-old municipal junior high schoolboy’s suicide in October 2011 in Shiga Prefecture concluded Thursday that bullying by his classmates was the “direct cause” of his death. The panel, formed last August, dismissed allegations that the suicide also stemmed ...