Jul 15, 2016

Body parts found in Shizuoka lake that of Hokkaido man, 32

The dismembered body of a man found last week in and around Lake Hamanako in Shizuoka Prefecture has been identified as that of a man from Hokkaido, police said Thursday. The victim was 32-year-old Yuto Demachi, who was originally from Bibai, Hokkaido. The police ...

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 ...