Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima fishermen to expand operations off crippled nuclear plant

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday they plan to scale down their self-imposed fishing ban in waters off the damaged nuclear power plant due mainly to a substantial decline in radioactive cesium levels. The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations is considering narrowing ...

Jan 18, 2016

Army operation frees dozen Colombian fishermen held by ELN rebels

A dozen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group have been freed in an army operation, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday. The operation took place in the northern town of Morales. Santos made the announcement in a Twitter post, congratulating ...

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Sep 4, 2015

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Disused undersea telecommunications cables from before the war are becoming a headache for fishermen in Hokkaido when they inadvertently hook sections lying on the seabed, tearing their nets. Historians nevertheless are pleased to see the artifacts from Japanese prewar history. For Yasushi Shimizu, 42, ...

Mar 25, 2015

Court doubles penalty on government over Isahaya floodgate closure

The Saga District Court has doubled the penalty imposed on the central government until it opens the floodgates in the controversial dike in Isahaya Bay in Nagasaki Prefecture. With the ruling Tuesday, the government is now required to pay a penalty of ¥20,000 a ...

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Apr 2, 2014

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Tsunami of between 20 cm and 1 meter could reach Pacific coastal areas in Japan on Thursday morning, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast, the Meteorological Agency said. If necessary, the agency will issue a tsunami advisory at around ...

Mar 25, 2014

Fukushima fishermen OK water discharge

A local fishermen’s organization decides to allow Tokyo Electric Power Co. to dump groundwater from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water meets certain decontamination standards.

From Osaka to remote island life

Oct 16, 2013

From Osaka to remote island life


Seeking to reverse the exodus of young people to big cities, fishing industry operators on remote Nishinoshima in the Sea of Japan have waged a long-running campaign with the local town office to attract new talent to the area. The island’s fisheries union branch, ...