Feb 3, 2016

Japan joins Minamata convention against mercury pollution

Japan on Tuesday became the 23rd country to join the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international pollution treaty on the toxic metal that requires approval by 50 countries for it to take effect. The convention describes mercury as “a chemical of global concern.” It ...

Dec 28, 2015

Japanese man indicted for killing baby with stimulant

Prosecutors have indicted a 24-year-old man for murdering a 3-month-old boy by feeding him a stimulant drug. In the indictment Sunday, the Kumamoto District Public Prosecutor’s Office did not disclose whether Tensho Yoshimura has admitted to the charges. According to the indictment, Yoshimura administered ...

Kumamoto man allegedly killed baby with stimulants

Dec 7, 2015

Kumamoto man allegedly killed baby with stimulants

A 24-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s baby by feeding him a fatal dose of a kakuseizai stimulant drug in a hotel in the city of Kumamoto, police officials said. The Kumamoto Prefectural Police arrested Tensho Yoshimura on Sunday on ...

Dec 7, 2015

Mount Aso spews smoke after small-scale eruption

A small-scale eruption hit Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday, the first since Oct. 23, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption spewed smoke about 700 meters above the No. 1 crater of Mount Nakadake, one of the five peaks that constitute Mount Aso, ...

Oct 7, 2015

Ex-aide to LDP's Noda arrested for stimulant use

A former private secretary for Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Takeshi Noda has been arrested on suspicion of using a strong stimulant whose main ingredient is amphetamine or methamphetamine, it was learned Wednesday. Hisato Fujiki, 39, was arrested on Oct. 1 by the Kumamoto Prefectural ...

As Mount Aso blows its top, tourism industry braces for fallout

Sep 15, 2015

As Mount Aso blows its top, tourism industry braces for fallout

More than 400 people canceled reservations at hotels and inns in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Tuesday, a day after Mount Aso erupted and turned the sky ashen. Businesses relying on tourism voiced concern about the financial fallout. The Meteorological Agency maintained its alert level ...

Aso eruption forces dozens of tourists to evacuate

Sep 14, 2015

Aso eruption forces dozens of tourists to evacuate

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture erupted at 9:43 a.m. Monday, sending ash 2,000 meters into the sky and forcing the evacuation of dozens of tourists, the Meteorological Agency said. Police and other authorities said about 30 tourists who were near the crater at the ...