Sep 18, 2016

Narasaki makes history at world climbing championships

Tomoa Narasaki won the D4 men’s bouldering classification final at the IFSC Climbing World Championships on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese to accomplish the feat in the newly introduced Olympic sport. On the fourth day of competition at the AccorHotels Arena, Narasaki, who is ...

Record 3,043 people lost in mountains in Japan in 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Record 3,043 people lost in mountains in Japan in 2015

The number of people who were reported missing in mountains across Japan in 2015 reached a record high of 3,043, up 249 from the previous year, police data showed Thursday. Of those, 335 died or remain unaccounted for, up 24, and 1,151 were injured, ...

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

May 19, 2016

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

Japanese comedian Tomoaki Hamatsu, known by the stage name Nasubi, scaled Mount Everest on Thursday, according to an official from the Nepal Tourism Ministry. Hamatsu, 40, team leader Kenji Kondo, 53, and three other Japanese — Sumio Hibino, Ban Ito and Koki Nishida — ...

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Dec 12, 2015

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

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Nature lovers are scaling new heights with a hobby that provides a sense of adventure while promoting forest conservation. “Tree climbing” is becoming increasingly popular in Japan as a form of outdoor recreation that not only offers excitement but also rest and relaxation for ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will ...

Sep 28, 2015

Everest climber who turned back to try again

A Japanese climber with only one finger, who failed over the weekend to reach the top of Mount Everest in his latest attempt, will try again within days, expedition organizers said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in 2012 on Everest, ...

Aug 10, 2015

Nine dead, 30 injured in summer spots across Japan

At least nine people died and 30 were injured Sunday at various summer leisure spots across Japan, according to police and fire department reports. Among those killed were two people from Hyogo Prefecture — Shinji Fukamoto, 57, a company worker from Himeji, and Akiyo ...

Jul 9, 2013

Shizuoka may control numbers of climbers allowed to scale Mount Fuji

The Shizuoka Prefectural Government is considering proposing an ordinance to limit the number of people allowed to climb Mount Fuji, according to Gov. Heita Kawakatsu. The move reflects an expected increase in the number of climbers of Japan’s tallest mountain, which was granted UNESCO ...