Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Feb 25, 2014

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Producers of agricultural and fishery goods in the seven prefectures of Kyushu on Wednesday and Thursday are jointly holding their first export promotion event in Hong Kong to promote a regional brand in place of lesser known local names for their wide-ranging commodities. About ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

Jan 4, 2014

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

by Stephen Mansfield

The guesthouse I was staying at in Kitsuki was named after the owner, a tough but warm-hearted example of Kyushu womanhood, someone who had learnt to stand her own ground on an island known for its almost theatrical levels of machismo.

Seven Stars train off to rolling start in Kyushu

Dec 19, 2013

Seven Stars train off to rolling start in Kyushu

Kyushu Railway Co.’s Seven Stars “cruise train” has won rave reviews from those willing to pay a premium for rail trips and is getting strong support from residents and businesses along its route. The sleeper train service debuted on Oct. 15, offering overnight or ...

Typhoon plows into China; thousands evacuated

Oct 7, 2013

Typhoon plows into China; thousands evacuated

Typhoon Fitow barrelled into China’s east coast early Monday, packing winds of more than 200 kph after hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated, state media reported. At least two people were reported killed, both near Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News ...

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Sep 4, 2013

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Unstable atmospheric conditions extending across the country, including from the first typhoon to directly hit Kyushu in six years, spawned destructive tornados in the Kanto region Wednesday, two days after a twister wreaked havoc in Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. Typhoon Toraji made landfall ...

Apr 5, 2013

Utility, trader to launch first overseas geothermal project

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will launch a geothermal power generation project in Indonesia with trading house Itochu Corp. This marks the first overseas geothermal power generation project by a Japanese electric power company. Kyushu Electric said a power plant will begin ...

Feb 5, 2013

China's thick smog settling over Japan

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for young people and those in poor health. The environment ministry’s website has been overloaded by worried people trying to determine what exactly is ...