/ May 22, 2017

Shimizu cruises to third term in Saitama mayoral race

Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu was re-elected to a third term over the weekend, decisively defeating his two rivals. Shimizu, 55, ran on his accomplishments in administrative and fiscal reform in Sunday’s election. Running as an independent, he was backed by Democratic Party members of ...

Fire damages Seibuen amusement park in Saitama

May 13, 2017

Fire damages Seibuen amusement park in Saitama

A fire broke out at Seibuen amusement park in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, but no one was injured, the police said Saturday. The fire, which started at around 11:30 p.m. Friday, appeared to have burned around 1,000 sq. meters of the park, including areas near ...

Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

Mar 2, 2017

Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

A nearly two-week fire that crippled an Askul Corp. warehouse in Saitama Prefecture was likely caused by a forklift that unintentionally peeled out on some cardboard during loading, sources said. While loading cardboard onto a truck in a cardboard storage space, the forklift driver ...

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Feb 20, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Four days have passed since a fire broke out at a warehouse used by office supply vender Askul Corp. in Saitama Prefecture, but there are still no prospects for putting it out, firefighters said. The three-story warehouse spans 72,000 sq. meters of floor space ...