M6.1 quake hits Wakayama Prefecture; no tsunami warning issued

Apr 1, 2016

M6.1 quake hits Wakayama Prefecture; no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Wakayama Prefecture on Friday morning, the weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued, although the agency said the temblor may cause minor sea-level changes along the coast. The quake struck at 11:39 a.m. and ...

Wakayama NPO chief using locusts for the perfect seasoning

Feb 3, 2016

Wakayama NPO chief using locusts for the perfect seasoning

In an effort to revitalize rural areas, nonprofit organization leader Hiroto Tanaka has developed a soy sauce-like seasoning using traditional fermentation technologies in western Japan. However, what makes his product unconventional is its basic ingredient — Japanese inago (locusts). The salty sauce “harmonizes well ...

Threatening letter sent to museum demands halt to dolphin hunt

Oct 22, 2015

Threatening letter sent to museum demands halt to dolphin hunt

A threatening letter has been sent to a whale museum in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, demanding that local fishermen halt controversial drive hunts of dolphins, police said Thursday. The letter, handwritten in Japanese, said, “Stop drive hunts of dolphins now!” and “I cannot contain (my ...

Season's first dolphins killed in annual Taiji hunt

Sep 12, 2015

Season's first dolphins killed in annual Taiji hunt

Local fishermen on Friday killed the first dolphins of the season in a controversial annual hunt that attracted global attention after it was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove.” An official with the local fishing union in the small town of Taiji ...

Season's first dolphin hunt in Taiji ends unsuccessfully

Sep 3, 2015

Season's first dolphin hunt in Taiji ends unsuccessfully

Fishing boats in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, set sail for the first dolphin drive hunt of the season Thursday morning, as some 15 foreign activists staged protests around the town’s harbor facility. The hunt, which was delayed for two days due to bad weather, saw ...