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 ...

Sep 7, 2015

Akita man facing murder charge in taxi driver's death

An Akita Prefecture man was turned over to prosecutors Monday on suspicion of stabbing a taxi driver to death. Jin Azumaya, 55, a part-time worker from Kazuno, was arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing and killing Yoshitsugi Tanaka, a 66-year-old taxi driver. Azumaya has reportedly ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...

Seven bodies found after fire guts home in Akita

May 2, 2015

Seven bodies found after fire guts home in Akita

Seven bodies have been recovered after a fire burned down a house and spread to two nearby structures in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, on Friday night, police and firefighters said. The authorities are trying to identify the bodies, believing that they are the seven members ...