JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

Nov 14, 2016

JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

An aerospace-focused home-stay program for elementary school students has revitalized the small town in Kagoshima Prefecture that hosts Japan’s space program, drawing children from across the nation to an area where depopulation has skewed demographics heavily toward the elderly. With a population of around ...

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

| Oct 29, 2016

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

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Voters have elected anti-nuclear governors in Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures in recent months. These elections can be considered referenda on nuclear power because that issue was the main focus of debate in both campaigns. The results have put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and ...

Oct 4, 2016

Amami Islands eyed as 34th national park

The Environment Ministry is planning to designate the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu as the country’s 34th national park, according to government sources. Ensuring strict conservation by designating the area as a national park is a prerequisite for Japan to recommend that the ...

Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

Sep 9, 2016

Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono suggested Friday he may give up on his pursuit to have Kyushu Electric Power Co. immediately suspend the operation of two reactors at its nuclear power plant in the southwestern prefecture after the utility’s president again rejected the request. “Thinking ...

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

| Aug 31, 2016

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

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Political moves by the governors of Kagoshima and Niigata over the last week, one sudden and one that was mostly expected, are likely to affect plans in both prefectures to restart or continue running nuclear reactors. On Wednesday, Kyodo News reported that Kagoshima Gov. ...

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

Jul 28, 2016

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

Newly elected Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono said Thursday he will seek a temporary halt on active nuclear reactors in the prefecture, currently the only ones working nationwide. “There are concerns over nuclear power plants following the Kumamoto earthquakes,” Mitazono said of the April disaster. ...

Jul 26, 2016

Kagoshima's Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up

The Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Meteorological Agency said. It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown ...

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

Jul 10, 2016

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

Anti-nuclear advocate Satoshi Mitazono was elected governor of Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday, beating incumbent Yuichiro Ito, who agreed to the resumption of reactors at a power plant in the prefecture. “I want to make Kagoshima a prefecture that takes on challenges with a positive ...