Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

Aug 16, 2014

Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

by Alon Adika

In the spring of 1645 a man lay dying in Kumamoto, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. He sensed that his time was near, asked for someone to help him into a seated position and tucked his short sword into his belt. This ...

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Aug 8, 2014

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Typhoon Halong is expected to make landfall on Shikoku Saturday after bringing heavy rain, high waves and strong winds to southern Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said Friday. The typhoon, the 11th of the year, is expected to dump more precipitation on rain-soaked Shikoku before ...

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Jul 29, 2014

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. will start Friday providing Internet video services showing gymnastic exercises that can help the elderly avoid physical problems. In the video, members of the idol group LinQ originating from Kyushu will engage in the exercises. The video feed ...

Jul 10, 2014

Approaching reactor restarts encourage utilities to sell bonds

The Nuclear Regulation Authority is moving toward the first reactor restart under its new safety requirements since the Fukushima disaster started, giving impetus to bond sales by utilities as borrowing costs plunge. The regulator may submit a safety report on two reactors at Kyushu ...

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Jul 10, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Kyushu early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. “It landed near the city of Akune shortly before 7 a.m.,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said. ...

Jul 9, 2014

Powerful typhoon passes over Okinawa, disrupting transportation

A powerful typhoon passed over Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights and ferry services in the area. Typhoon Neoguri, the season’s eighth typhoon, is now forecast to head northward over the East China Sea, approaching the main island of Kyushu ...

Jul 7, 2014

Torrential downpours hit Kyushu; flood warning issued

Northern Kyushu was lashed with heavy downpours Monday morning, triggering a high flood risk in rivers in an around Kumamoto Prefecture, NHK television reported. The Meteorological Agency has warned of potential landslides and river floods, adding floods may go above floor levels in low-lying ...

Kyushu hit by record rainfall

Jul 3, 2014

Kyushu hit by record rainfall

The heaviest rain in half a century fell on parts of Kyushu on Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said. Mount Nagaura in the city of Nagasaki saw 205 mm of rainfall and Sakai city in Nagasaki Prefecture recorded 155.5 mm over the course of three ...

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Feb 25, 2014

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Producers of agricultural and fishery goods in the seven prefectures of Kyushu on Wednesday and Thursday are jointly holding their first export promotion event in Hong Kong to promote a regional brand in place of lesser known local names for their wide-ranging commodities. About ...