Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

May 25, 2015

Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve. Yatsu-higata, which spans around 40 hectares — slightly smaller than Tokyo Disneyland — is in ...

Apr 1, 2015

Would-be robber breaks leg, calls ambulance in Chiba

A hapless armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Chiba Prefecture, and then used the shop’s payphone to call an ambulance, according to a report and police. The inept thief tussled with a 35-year-old store clerk ...

Apr 1, 2015

Narita airport to open more passport control counters at busy times

Narita International Airport plans to double the number of passport control counters handling arriving passengers at Terminal 2 in busy hours starting Wednesday, an airport source said. The terminal has been alternating between its two immigration control sections following a sharp drop in foreign ...

Feb 9, 2015

Bizarre hole-digging contest in Narita draws all kinds

A team of women dressed as fish and half-a-dozen Harry Potter impersonators were among those whose efforts ended in glorious failure at Japan’s national hole-digging championships, organizers said Monday. A group of burly diggers from Saitama Prefecture took home the first prize of ¥100,000 ...