Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan’s June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto’s Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko ...

Jan 24, 2017

Nadeshiko Japan to host Costa Rica in April friendly

Former women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan will play Costa Rica in a friendly in Kumamoto on April 9, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The match at Yonaka Stadium will be the first home game for Nadeshiko coach Takako Asakura, who took over from ...

Suntory restarts beer output at plant in quake-hit Kumamoto

Nov 9, 2016

Suntory restarts beer output at plant in quake-hit Kumamoto

Suntory Beer Ltd. partially resumed beer production at its factory in Kumamoto Prefecture on Tuesday, nearly seven months after strong earthquakes hit the prefecture. The beer and soft drink plant in the town of Kashima was the last to see production restart among major ...

Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

Sep 29, 2016

Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

David Beckham handed out signed soccer balls Thursday to the players of an under-16 select team from Kumamoto Prefecture, which was hit by two huge earthquakes in April that took the lives of 50 people. Beckham, who captained England during the 2002 World Cup ...

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including ...

Aug 31, 2016

Lower 5 quake jolts Kumamoto but no damage reported

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake on Wednesday jolted Kumamoto Prefecture and other parts of Kyushu that were damaged by deadly temblors in April, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert was issued after the 7:46 p.m. quake, which originated under the city of Kumamoto, the agency ...

Aug 15, 2016

Kumamoto quakes raise fears over restart at Ikata nuclear plant

People living near Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture fear a repeat of the Fukushima disaster, especially after devastating quakes shook Kyushu in April. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was fired up Friday, leading some to anticipate economic benefits for ...

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...