Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

Apr 17, 2014

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

A 6-year-old boy died attempting to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into the Abukuma River in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday, police said. Manato Tatsuta was among some 10 children playing by the river Wednesday afternoon when the 3-year-old girl fell into ...

Feb 24, 2014

Worker burns up in deluge of molten metal in Shikoku

In a freak accident, a young Nippon Denko worker was killed in Shikoku over the weekend when 13 tons of a molten ferroalloy were dumped on him, police said Monday. The deceased, Kazuki Tada, 23, was working Saturday morning beneath a huge bucket of ...

Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

Feb 6, 2014

Vietnam reports second bird flu death of year

Vietnam has recorded its second death from bird flu in 2014, a health official said Thursday, as regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus grow. A 60-year-old woman from southern Dong Thap province died Jan. 28 and tested positive for the ...

U.S. drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan

Nov 21, 2013

U.S. drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan killed six people, including a senior leader of the ruthless Haqqani network, officials said, in only the second such strike outside the country’s lawless tribal districts. The missile attack hit a religious seminary that militants and security ...

Nov 4, 2013

Bill to seek prevention of 'karoshi'

A nonpartisan group of Diet members has outlined a bill that would require the government to draw up steps to prevent death from overwork, otherwise known as “karoshi,” sources said. The lawmakers, mainly from the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, ...

Jul 16, 2013

Girl held over death texted of her distress

A 16-year-old girl arrested Sunday for allegedly dumping the body of a former classmate in the mountains in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, contacted her friends before turning herself in, her friends claimed Tuesday. Earlier reports said the girl confessed to killing her 16-year-old friend and ...

Man who battled Japan nuke disaster passes away

Jul 9, 2013

Man who battled Japan nuke disaster passes away

Masao Yoshida, the former chief of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant who stayed at his post to try to tame the three runaway reactors after the 2011 quake and tsunami, died Tuesday of esophagus cancer. He was 58. Yoshida was at the power ...