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Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

Mar 5, 2015

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

by Anne Beade

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster laid waste to Japan’s tourism industry even as it left the Tohoku coastline in ruins, killed thousands and sparked the worst nuclear crisis in a generation. But four years later, tourism is bouncing back, shattering expectations on visitor ...

Mar 5, 2015

TV celeb Rola's dad gets suspended term for insurance fraud

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced the father of television personality Rola to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for swindling the national medical and insurance system out of ¥1.67 million ($14,000). In handing down the ruling on ...

Tokyo's Sumida Ward to purchase early 19th century Hokusai work

Mar 5, 2015

Tokyo's Sumida Ward to purchase early 19th century Hokusai work

The office of Tokyo’s Sumida Ward said Wednesday it plans to purchase a painting depicting Tokyo in the 19th century by famed ukiyo-e woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. The office plans to purchase the painting titled “Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan” (“Landscape Scroll on Both ...

Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

Mar 5, 2015

Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

March is the end of an academic year and the season for farewell. Words of encouragement sent by successful alumna present the perfect send-off for students lined up at graduation ceremonies. But one such message supposedly sent by famous singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima to her ...

Mar 5, 2015

Cases of quasi-legal drugs hit a new high

Police last year recorded 706 cases involving quasi-legal drugs, a more than five-fold increase since 2013. The figure represented an all-time high since comparable data became available in 2008. The surge is partly attributable to recent moves to tighten control over what officials currently ...