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, ...

Black watermelon fetches ¥500,000 in season's first auction

Jun 14, 2016

Black watermelon fetches ¥500,000 in season's first auction

A black watermelon grown in Toma, Hokkaido, sold Tuesday for ¥500,000 in the year’s first auction of the popular fruit. Around 260 Densuke watermelons, known for their black and shiny skin as well as their crunchy texture, were auctioned off Tuesday at fresh produce ...

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

Jun 8, 2016

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

Fishermen landed the first Baird’s beaked whale of the season on Wednesday, local authorities said. The whale, a 10-meter-long female weighing roughly 10 tons, was landed at Hakodate port, Hokkaido, early Wednesday after being caught in the sea off Matsumae, Hakodate, city officials said. ...

Missing Hokkaido boy leaves hospital, ending 10-day drama

Jun 7, 2016

Missing Hokkaido boy leaves hospital, ending 10-day drama

A 7-year-old boy who survived for nearly a week after being left by his parents on a Hokkaido mountain road was discharged from a hospital in Hakodate on Tuesday, capping a 10-day drama that captivated Japan and sparked a national conversation about child discipline. ...

Jun 3, 2016

Chronology of events related to missing boy in Hokkaido

May 28, around 12:30 p.m. — Yamato Tanooka, 7, his parents and sister leave their home in Hokuto, Hokkaido, for a park in Shikabe. Around 5 p.m. — Parents tell Yamato to get out of car, leave him on mountain forest path in Nanae. ...