Jun 12, 2015

Teen held over bomb threat at Okayama high school

A 15-year-old male was arrested Thursday for an alleged bomb threat targeting a high school in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, that was evacuated earlier this week, police said. The teen is suspected of leaving a handwritten note that said: “A bomb has been planted at ...

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

May 28, 2015

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

An entire shopping arcade in the city of Okayama became duty-free on Thursday, the first such mall to do so nationwide as Japan tries to lure visitors to destinations away from the heavily trodden tourist trail between Tokyo and Kyoto. About 20 shops in ...

Jul 16, 2014

Okayama girl, 11, missing; GPS trail goes cold

An 11-year-old girl from Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has been missing since leaving school Monday afternoon, the Okayama Prefecture Police said Tuesday. The police released a photo of Sakura Moriyama, a fifth-grader of Nakasho Elementary School in Kurashiki, and asked people to offer information on ...

Dec 20, 2013

Panasonic to sell three chip plants to Israel's TowerJazz in revamp

Panasonic Corp. said Friday it will effectively sell off three domestic semiconductor plants to Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz Semiconductor. The two firms will establish a joint venture temporarily named Panasonic TowerJazz Semiconductor by April 1, which will run the three Panasonic plants in Toyama and ...