LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Apr 28, 2014

LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Former Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly chief Masuo Kaneko won a seat in the House of Representatives in Sunday’s by-election, defeating independent Akashi Uchikoshi, who was backed by the Democratic Party of Japan. A member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kaneko, 67, was also backed ...

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Apr 15, 2014

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Poultry farmers in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures are on high alert following an outbreak of avian flu at two farms in the neighboring town of Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, over the weekend that forced the prefecture to cull 112,000 birds.

Mar 3, 2014

M6.6 quake hits southwestern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 jolted southwestern parts of Japan early Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the 5:11 a.m. quake, originating around 120 km underground off the coast of the main island of ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...

Jan 22, 2014

Germany gets taste of Amami 'kokuto shochu'

A small trade fair was held in Berlin this week to promote “shochu” distilled spirits made from “kokuto” brown sugar, a specialty of the remote Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. It was the first organized attempt to promote kokuto shochu overseas. The government allows ...

Dec 20, 2013

Panasonic to sell three chip plants to Israel's TowerJazz in revamp

Panasonic Corp. said Friday it will effectively sell off three domestic semiconductor plants to Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz Semiconductor. The two firms will establish a joint venture temporarily named Panasonic TowerJazz Semiconductor by April 1, which will run the three Panasonic plants in Toyama and ...

Kagoshima 'shochu' makers seek growth via H.K. fair

Nov 8, 2013

Kagoshima 'shochu' makers seek growth via H.K. fair

Nine makers of “shochu” distilled liquor in Kagoshima Prefecture are pitching their products to a wider range of consumers in Asia, with their focus on the international liquor fair now under way in Hong Kong. Tensei Shuzo, which has already been marketing its shochu ...