Oct 10, 2016

Group of seven missing climbers found safe in Akita Prefecture

A group of seven people who went missing overnight Sunday on a mountain in Akita Prefecture were found safe Monday, police said. The four men and three women, aged 48 to 65, went missing on 1,454-meter-high Mount Moriyoshi in Kita-akita on Sunday evening when ...

Bureaucrat's rap video pitching Akita city goes viral

Aug 17, 2016

Bureaucrat's rap video pitching Akita city goes viral

An elite central government bureaucrat on loan to the municipal government of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is generating a buzz by appearing in the city’s PR video dressed like a rapper. In it, Nobuyuki Fujii, 34, an internal affairs ministry official who has served as ...

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Jun 13, 2016

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Residents seeking seasonal bamboo shoots in Akita Prefecture are ignoring warnings to avoid a mountain despite four deaths from apparent bear attacks, officials said. Bear attacks on humans are not unusual in mountainous Akita Prefecture, but fatal ones are rare, with only eight tallied ...

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

Feb 13, 2016

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

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Just over a month ago, commuters emerging from a busy subway station in Taipei were greeted by a strange sight: a rare Siberian crane standing on the sidewalk, apparently quite comfortable with the crowd it was attracting. Only 4,000 such cranes, also known as ...

Feb 10, 2016

Cat-loving Akita governor plans new animal shelter

Akita Prefecture Gov. Norihisa Satake, who once received a pet cat as a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin, is spearheading plans for a new animal shelter in the area. Under the plan, the facility would be built on a 6,200-sq.-meter lot within a ...

Namahage in second bid for UNESCO list

Jan 3, 2016

Namahage in second bid for UNESCO list

Another effort is underway to pad UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list with a tradition in which people dressed as god-like demons visit homes near the end of the year to bring good fortune. The effort is led by the northeastern city of Oga, Akita ...