Aug 22, 2014

Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday. According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm ...

26 Fukuoka schoolgirls fall ill; panic attack suspected

Jul 1, 2014

26 Fukuoka schoolgirls fall ill; panic attack suspected

Twenty-six students at a girls high school in Fukuoka Prefecture became sick Monday in an apparent panic attack, prompting the school to close for the day. It was not immediately clear what caused the students to fall ill. According to Yanagawa High School, a ...

Store owner admits crushing corpse

Jun 19, 2014

Store owner admits crushing corpse

The owner of a secondhand goods store who is suspected of killing an employee in 2004 has admitted disposing of the alleged victim’s bones in an appliance crusher, investigative sources said Thursday. Shinya Nakao, 47, and his wife Chisa, 45, from Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture, ...

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Jun 2, 2014

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Fukuoka Police on Monday morning captured a 32-year-old suspect in a rape and robbery, who several hours earlier managed to escape a hospital in Fukuoka, where he had been undergoing psychiatric assessment, authorities said. Yasuyuki Okuma, a former restaurant worker from neighboring Saga Prefecture, ...

Mar 17, 2014

City preserves 500 Asian films

Closely tied to the Asian continent due its location, the southwestern city of Fukuoka has collected films made by Asian directors over the past 20 years and now boasts some 500 titles. The municipal government, which has organized numerous events like the annual Focus ...

Nov 11, 2013

China detains pair over 2002 murder of Oita couple

Chinese police have detained two former Chinese students in Japan for allegedly killing the chairman of a construction company and his wife in Oita Prefecture Japan in 2002, a Japanese investigative source said Sunday. As there is no criminal extradition treaty between the two ...

Nov 8, 2013

Fukuoka issues warning on high PM2.5 levels

by Eric Johnston

High levels of PM2.5 particulate matter were recorded Friday in parts of western Japan, prompting the city of Fukuoka to issue a warning amid growing concern that the pollution crisis in China will keep affecting Japan. In Osaka Prefecture, PM2.5 levels of 35 micrograms ...