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Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

Jul 10, 2014

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

A second trekking route to the summit of Mt. Fuji opened on Thursday, allowing hikers to begin the climb from Shizuoka Prefecture. But heavy snow near the top meant the upper reaches of two other routes from the prefecture remain closed. Local officials marked ...

Jul 10, 2014

Minamata disease applications rejected under new criteria

The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it has rejected demands from four people to be officially recognized as sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease, under new criteria adopted in March. Following recommendations by an ad hoc certification panel, the ministry made its first judgments on applications ...

Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to host dementia conference

Japan will host an international conference on dementia in Tokyo and two other prefectures in early November, the government said. The event will focus on new care and prevention models for the disease, and will take place Nov. 5 to 7, officials said Wednesday. ...

Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Jul 10, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Kyushu early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. “It landed near the city of Akune shortly before 7 a.m.,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said. ...