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Feb 27, 2015

Erupting volcanic island still expanding on 2013 debut

Japan is getting a bit more space as the new island formed by a volcanic eruption in 2013 keeps growing. New footage of far-flung Nishinoshima shows the volcano some 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo erupting up to six times a minute, spewing ...

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

Feb 27, 2015

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

by Junji Yamaguchi

Hachimenroppi Inc., a Tokyo-based venture, is growing rapidly thanks to its tablet computer-based platform for distributing fresh fish. The company provides tablets to restaurants free of charge, allowing them to order fish based on their prospects for arrival at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the nation’s ...

Feb 27, 2015

Noted jockey Goto dies in apparent suicide

Jockey Hiroki Goto, whose victory total of 1,447 is 16th in Japanese horse racing history, was found dead in an apparent suicide in his home in Ami, Ibaraki Prefecture, police said Friday. The fire department responded to an emergency call from his family around ...

Prince William lays flowers at Yokohama war cemetery

Feb 27, 2015

Prince William lays flowers at Yokohama war cemetery

Britain’s Prince William on Friday paid a visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama and attended a luncheon hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during his first Japan visit that started the previous day. The Duke of Cambridge, 32, who will stay ...

Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

by Mami Maruko

Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen ...

Feb 27, 2015

Takahama assembly to vote on restarting nuclear reactors

by Eric Johnston

The town assembly of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant, will decide by March 20 whether to approve the restart of the plant’s No. 3 and 4 reactors, which recently cleared central government inspections. The decision by ...