Sep 30, 2015

High school student held over classmate's stabbing death

Police arrested a senior high school student Tuesday on charges of stabbing an 18-year-old classmate to death in Mie Prefecture on Monday. The male student, also 18, admitted to stabbing his female classmate, Miu Hada, saying he was asked by the girl to kill ...

23 injured after bus, truck collide in Mie Prefecture

Jul 15, 2015

23 injured after bus, truck collide in Mie Prefecture

Twenty-three people were taken to hospitals after a tour bus and a dump truck collided on an expressway and tumbled off it on Tuesday, overturning on the grounds of a tea plantation 2 meters below, police said. The crash in Mie Prefecture occurred at ...

May 28, 2015

Mie Prefecture apologizes over bear attack

Officials in Mie Prefecture have apologized to neighboring Shiga Prefecture after an elderly woman was attacked by a moon bear 6 km from where they released such an animal. The 88-year-old woman from Taga suffered severe injuries including a broken right cheekbone after being ...

Sep 9, 2014

Mie teacher punished for taping boy's mouth shut

Maintaining calm in a classroom may be a tough challenge for many elementary school teachers, but one in Mie Prefecture resorted to the ultimate step to ensure silence — taping a student’s mouth to shut him up. The Mie Prefectural Board of Education on ...

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

Apr 25, 2014

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

A scenic hiking trail in the Osugidani Valley of Mie Prefecture reopened Friday morning, nearly a decade after it was severely damaged by a powerful typhoon that hit the area in September 2004. The 14.1-km trail reopened along with the start of the hiking ...

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

Apr 24, 2014

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide


At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town’s vitality by luring away its youth. “I want to cook and serve ...

Jul 22, 2013

LDP rookie trounces DPJ vet on Okada's turf

Democratic Party of Japan candidate and incumbent Chiaki Takahashi, 56, lost his seat in Mie’s electoral district to Liberal Democratic Party rookie Yumi Yoshikawa during the Upper House election Sunday. The district is home to former DPJ President Katsuya Okada, who was known as ...