Nov 28, 2016

High school students vow to lead anti-disaster efforts

At a two-day summit held in the town of Kuroshio in Kochi Prefecture, some 360 high school students from 30 countries around the world, including Japan, vowed to become future leaders in promoting measures against natural disasters. In the “Kuroshio Declaration,” adopted Saturday, the ...

Jul 25, 2016

Shark likely attacked surfer off Kochi Prefecture

A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture. The local Japan Coast Guard office quoted the man as saying a creature that ...

Typhoon Nangka menaces west Japan

Jul 16, 2015

Typhoon Nangka menaces west Japan

A strong typhoon was moving northwest toward Shikoku on Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said, warning of heavy rainfall and strong winds. Typhoon Nangka was described as particularly slow-moving, the kind of storm that can wreak most damage. Fears of landslides prompted the government of ...

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments

Apr 18, 2015

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments


The fire is supposed to be searing my skipjack tuna, but I feel as if it’s my cheeks that are cooking instead. Turning away from the intense heat, I extend my arm as far as it can go while still keeping my speared hunk ...

Typhoon drenches Shikoku area

Aug 3, 2014

Typhoon drenches Shikoku area

A typhoon that traveled north from the Yellow Sea brought heavy rain to Japan on Sunday, mainly in the Shikoku area. Since the 12th typhoon of the year is expected to move slowly, it could cause sporadic outbursts of rain until Monday. The Meteorological ...

Mar 30, 2014

Solar plant in Kochi trumps nuclear waste plan

A large solar power plant has come online at a site in Kochi Prefecture where a town planned to build a disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste. The move is partly designed to improve the image of the port town of Toyo, which has ...

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Mar 3, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, ...

Oct 8, 2013

Japan, U.S. to use Ospreys for first time in exercise

U.S. Marine Corps and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel began a joint exercise Tuesday in Shiga Prefecture. During the exercise, which will last through Oct. 18 in the Aibano Training Area, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft will be used for the first time in ...