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 ...

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

Aug 14, 2013

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

by Tomohiro Osaki

The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday became Japan’s hottest city with a record-setting temperature of 41.0 degrees, is now rushing to capitalize on its new title with a string of unique projects. The mercury hit the all-time high of 41.0 in ...