May 26, 2016

Otsu city manager disciplined over 'harassed' worker's death

The city of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture has taken disciplinary action against a 53-year-old male manager for harassing a male subordinate in his 40s who subsequently overdosed on tranquilizer pills and died three days later. The city cut the pay of the official, who ...

May 28, 2015

Mie Prefecture apologizes over bear attack

Officials in Mie Prefecture have apologized to neighboring Shiga Prefecture after an elderly woman was attacked by a moon bear 6 km from where they released such an animal. The 88-year-old woman from Taga suffered severe injuries including a broken right cheekbone after being ...

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Sep 22, 2014

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Poisonous mushrooms sold at a highway rest area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, left at least two people with food poisoning, the Shiga Prefectural Government said. The vendor of the poisonous mushrooms, called “tsukiyotake” (moonlight mushrooms), mistook them as edible “hiratake” (oyster mushrooms), Shiga public ...

Self-defense less collective at local level

| Jul 27, 2014

Self-defense less collective at local level


After the Shiga gubernatorial election earlier this month, in which Taizo Mikazuki, the hand-picked successor to former Gov. Yukiko Kada, defeated the ruling coalition’s candidate, certain media agencies and pundits suggested that collective self-defense had no impact on the race. Such arguments were factually ...