Feb 2, 2016

Bus operator to lose license over fatal Nagano crash

The transport ministry on Tuesday informed the operator involved in a fatal bus crash last month that its license to run a tour bus business will be revoked after it was found to have committed several safety regulation breaches. The penalty that Tokyo-based ESP ...

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

Feb 2, 2016

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

Ahead of Setsubun on Wednesday, the day to celebrate the beginning of spring, the Consumer Affairs Agency has warned parents to guard against small children accidentally swallowing soybeans. People customarily throw and eat roasted soybeans on Setsubun to drive away evil spirits and invite good ...

Smoke in Ginza Station halts Hibiya Line operations

Jan 26, 2016

Smoke in Ginza Station halts Hibiya Line operations

Smoke filled Ginza Station in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, briefly disrupting Hibiya Line operations, police and the subway operator confirmed. The police were alerted at around 6:55 a.m. after smoke was seen pouring out of a ceiling duct inside the underground station. No injuries ...

Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

Jan 25, 2016

Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

Snow, sleet and icy winds across Asia caused deaths, flight cancellations and chaos over the weekend as areas used to basking in balmier climates struggled with record-low temperatures. Weather-related deaths were reported in Japan and Taiwan, with hundreds of flights cancelled across the region, ...