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Apr 21, 2016

Fears grow as Takahama reactors near restart

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As two aging reactors in the town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, move toward restart, safety concerns are growing in neighboring prefectures and municipalities within 30 km of the plant. Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama No. 1 and 2 reactors are over 40 years old, ...

Kumamoto ramen chain serves up bowls for evacuees

Apr 21, 2016

Kumamoto ramen chain serves up bowls for evacuees

About 1,000 people formed long lines in the cold night air Monday at a shelter in the quake-hit town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, to get a warm bowl of ramen noodles. “Thank you,” one evacuee said with a smile. Another said: “This will keep ...

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

Apr 21, 2016

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

A northeastern city renowned for its cherry blossom is teaming up with a software developer to film the scene using drones, in a bid to boost tourism and assist in the upkeep of the trees. Senboku in Akita Prefecture, which boasts the cherry trees ...

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

There is strong demand for new inexpensive, short-term insurance plans, ranging from landlords’ death coverage to medical policies for foreign tourists. Sendai-based Prevent SAST Insurance Co. offers a legal-expenses plan named Mikata. It was introduced in response to increasing numbers of people seeking legal ...