Takahata rape case dropped; actor says he is sorry

Sep 9, 2016

Takahata rape case dropped; actor says he is sorry

Actor Yuta Takahata, 22, was released on bail from Maebashi Police Station in Gunma Prefecture on Friday after prosecutors decided not to pursue rape charges over an incident involving a hotel worker in the city. “I am truly sorry,” Takahata said as he bowed ...

Black belt recounts battle with black bear in Gunma

Sep 3, 2016

Black belt recounts battle with black bear in Gunma

The black bear that jumped a 63-year-old karate expert in Gunma Prefecture attacked so quickly there was no time to act, its would-be victim said. Atsushi Aoki of Naganohara was fishing on the Jizo River on Thursday when what appeared to be an Asian ...

| Aug 27, 2016

Bears encroach on blurred human boundaries

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It is puzzling that the black bears have become aggressive recently, given their previous inclination to retreat when confronted by humans. My theory is that winters are shorter and that means shorter hibernations and more active time spent consuming dwindling supplies of food. They ...

Second of two emus on lam in Japan nabbed safely

Nov 26, 2015

Second of two emus on lam in Japan nabbed safely

Police and animal protection center officials captured the last of two emus, an ostrich-like bird from Australia, that escaped from a farm in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, earlier this month. On Wednesday afternoon a 20-member team comprising Takasaki police officers, officials from Gunma Safari Park ...

Nov 22, 2015

Two die in Gunma chopper crash

A small private helicopter crashed near an expressway in a mountainous area in Annaka, Gunma Prefecture, on Sunday, killing its two occupants. Police have yet to identity the victims and are investigating the cause of accident. At around 10:55 a.m., police received an emergency ...

JAL in quest to boost safety, 30 years after deadliest crash

Aug 12, 2015

JAL in quest to boost safety, 30 years after deadliest crash

The Japan Airlines jumbo jet crash of 1985, which killed 520 people, remains the world’s deadliest single-aircraft accident ever and Japan’s last fatal accident involving a commercial flight. Three decades on, the airline faces the daunting challenge of maintaining employee commitment to safety. More ...