Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

Sep 29, 2016

Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

David Beckham handed out signed soccer balls Thursday to the players of an under-16 select team from Kumamoto Prefecture, which was hit by two huge earthquakes in April that took the lives of 50 people. Beckham, who captained England during the 2002 World Cup ...

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including ...

Aug 31, 2016

Lower 5 quake jolts Kumamoto but no damage reported

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake on Wednesday jolted Kumamoto Prefecture and other parts of Kyushu that were damaged by deadly temblors in April, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert was issued after the 7:46 p.m. quake, which originated under the city of Kumamoto, the agency ...

Aug 15, 2016

Kumamoto quakes raise fears over restart at Ikata nuclear plant

People living near Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture fear a repeat of the Fukushima disaster, especially after devastating quakes shook Kyushu in April. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was fired up Friday, leading some to anticipate economic benefits for ...

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...

13 infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2015

Jul 20, 2016

13 infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2015

The Kumamoto Municipal Government said 13 infants were left in the baby hatch at Jikei Hospital in fiscal 2015. In all, 125 babies have now been rescued via the facility, Japan’s first, in its nine years of existence, it said Tuesday. The facility allows ...

Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Jun 21, 2016

Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Torrential rain in Kumamoto Prefecture has left six people dead as of Tuesday from mudslides and widespread flooding in the region, authorities reported. The Meteorological Agency said the rainfall in Kyushu is the highest received in several years. Weather authorities also warned of more ...