Apr 10, 2015

Minke whaling begins in Japanese coastal waters

Four whaling ships left a northeastern port Friday to hunt up to 51 minke whales in coastal waters in the period up to May 26 as part of the government’s scientific research whaling in the northwestern Pacific. The Association for Community-based Whaling, a nonprofit ...

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Jul 23, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a makeshift shopping center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village opened in February 2012 and consists of 32 ...

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Jul 16, 2014

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited a seaweed breeding facility and a cabbage farming corporation in Miyagi Prefecture during his latest visit to the disaster-hit Tohoku region. Abe told reporters in Higashimatsushima that his administration is ready to provide support for agriculture and ...

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

Jun 26, 2013

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

The Japan Coast Guard inspected a foreign-flagged car-carrier ship Tuesday suspected of involvement in a collision in the Pacific off Miyagi Prefecture in which a tuna boat capsized and its captain is listed as missing, officials said. The 19-ton tuna trawler Yujin Maru No. ...