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 ...

Nov 20, 2014

Chiba education board disciplines four teachers

Chiba Prefecture’s board of education has dismissed two prefectural public school teachers for indecent behavior involving juveniles, while taking disciplinary action against two other teachers. One of the dismissed teachers was arrested for violating a prefectural juvenile protection ordinance, while the other, a local ...

Chiba group touts pumpkins grown from space seeds

Oct 29, 2014

Chiba group touts pumpkins grown from space seeds

A citizens’ group in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, is working on making pumpkins grown from seeds taken to space into a local specialty. The city, which came up with the idea, asked Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, a Matsudo native, for cooperation. In 2010, Yamazaki took ...

Sep 10, 2014

First dengue fever case outside Tokyo reported

A man who lives in the city of Chiba has become the first person in the current outbreak of dengue fever to be infected outside of Tokyo, the health ministry said Tuesday. On Wednesday, about two weeks after the first reported case, the ministry ...