Jun 12, 2017

Two hikers die on Yakushima mountain

Two hikers in their 60s were found dead Monday on a mountain on the island of Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture, police said. They were identified as Kanako Yamada, 69, of Kagoshima, who vanished in a swollen stream Sunday morning, and Kazunori Tanaka, 67, also ...

May 13, 2017

Rainy season starts in Okinawa and Amami

The rainy season appears to have started in Okinawa and Amami, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday. The start is four days later than average for Okinawa and two days later for Kagoshima Prefecture’s Amami, but three days earlier than last year for both regions, ...

Tanker runs aground in Kagoshima; no injuries reported

Feb 11, 2017

Tanker runs aground in Kagoshima; no injuries reported

A Panamanian-registered tanker ran aground on an island in Kagoshima Prefecture on Saturday but none of the crew were injured, the Japan Coast Guard said. All 18 crew members — 17 Myanmar nationals and a Taiwanese — on the 5,404-ton Sagan were rescued by ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

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“Is the temperature alright for you ma’am?” my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. “It’s perfect.” Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with ...

JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

Nov 14, 2016

JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

An aerospace-focused home-stay program for elementary school students has revitalized the small town in Kagoshima Prefecture that hosts Japan’s space program, drawing children from across the nation to an area where depopulation has skewed demographics heavily toward the elderly. With a population of around ...

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

| Oct 29, 2016

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

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Voters have elected anti-nuclear governors in Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures in recent months. These elections can be considered referenda on nuclear power because that issue was the main focus of debate in both campaigns. The results have put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and ...

Oct 4, 2016

Amami Islands eyed as 34th national park

The Environment Ministry is planning to designate the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu as the country’s 34th national park, according to government sources. Ensuring strict conservation by designating the area as a national park is a prerequisite for Japan to recommend that the ...