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Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama doused after raging for six days

Feb 23, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama doused after raging for six days

The office supplies blaze at Askul Corp.’s warehouse in Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture, has finally been brought under control after six days of smoke and explosions caused residents to evacuate. Until Wednesday, firefighters had had a tough time getting a handle on the inferno that ...

Men hold Aomori spa competition to fete their baldness

Feb 23, 2017

Men hold Aomori spa competition to fete their baldness

More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot springs facility in Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. Members of the city’s Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking ...

Feb 22, 2017

Haneda airport sees record-high passenger numbers in 2016

A record 79.2 million passengers used Tokyo’s Haneda airport in 2016, up around 4 million from the previous record set in 2015, due to a rise in foreign visitors and the opening of new U.S. routes, government data showed Wednesday. The number of international ...

Feb 22, 2017

16 active faults added to big-quake risk list

The government has added 16 new active faults to a list of major fault zones that could trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher in Japan. The addition by the Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion brings the number of major active ...

Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Feb 22, 2017

Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourists. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, ...