Mar 17, 2014

Boy found dead in sitter's apartment

Police have decided to arrest a babysitter in connection with the death of a boy whose body was found Monday morning in an apartment building unit  in Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture. Another boy, apparently the other son, was found alive nearby. The Kanagawa Prefectural Police ...

Mar 11, 2014

J. League probes 'Japanese only' banner displayed at Urawa match

The nation’s professional soccer league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading “Japanese only” appeared at a weekend match. The large banner, written in English, was hoisted near a gate to the stands of a stadium in the city of ...

Feb 20, 2014

Last week's snowfall in Japan left more than 20,000 people cut off

More than 20,000 people in Tokyo and nine other prefectures in eastern Japan were cut off following heavy snowfalls last week, local government tallies showed Thursday. The total is probably higher because officials were having a tough time ascertaining the numbers in areas hit ...

Patissier of 'fakes' takes the cake, eats it, too

Dec 25, 2013

Patissier of 'fakes' takes the cake, eats it, too

by Masaaki Kameda

A confectionery store in suburban Saitama is generating a buzz thanks to its uniquely deceiving assortment of sweets. One of them is the “Nanchatte ramen,” which can translate roughly as “fake ramen noodle.” The name sounds like a Chinese dish, but in reality it’s ...

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

Dec 18, 2013

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

The occupants of the last evacuation center for people displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis will find new homes by the end of this year, the mayor of an evacuated town in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday. “We will step forward ...

Saitama program assists pupils falling through cracks

Oct 8, 2013

Saitama program assists pupils falling through cracks

A program launched by the Saitama Prefectural Government for children of impoverished families is drawing much attention as a way to break the link — or even chain — between poverty and low academic achievement. The program involves retired school teachers, social welfare counselors ...

Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado

Sep 3, 2013

Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado

Recovery and repair efforts continued Tuesday, a day after a tornado tore a path through Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, and Noda, Chiba Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency continued its investigation into whether the tornado was produced by a supercell, the least common type of thunderstorm ...

May 21, 2013

Ruling bloc pick loses Saitama mayoral race

The ruling coalition’s loss in a mayoral race in Saitama on Sunday delivered a setback to the Liberal Democratic Party and ally New Komeito, which hope to win control of the opposition-controlled House of Councilors this summer. The incumbent, Hayato Shimizu, 51, was re-elected ...