Sep 7, 2015

Akita man facing murder charge in taxi driver's death

An Akita Prefecture man was turned over to prosecutors Monday on suspicion of stabbing a taxi driver to death. Jin Azumaya, 55, a part-time worker from Kazuno, was arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing and killing Yoshitsugi Tanaka, a 66-year-old taxi driver. Azumaya has reportedly ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...

Seven bodies found after fire guts home in Akita

May 2, 2015

Seven bodies found after fire guts home in Akita

Seven bodies have been recovered after a fire burned down a house and spread to two nearby structures in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, on Friday night, police and firefighters said. The authorities are trying to identify the bodies, believing that they are the seven members ...

Mar 19, 2015

Three die while working on Nyuto Hot Spring in Akita

Three men died after they were found suffering cardiac arrest in a hot spring village in northeastern Japan, police said. Firefighters suspect the men were exposed to hydrogen sulfide. The three were working to adjust the temperature and amount of hot water near a ...