Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

| Sep 29, 2014

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

by Masaaki Kameda

As the Mount Fuji climbing season drew to a close earlier this month, authorities were assessing the success of a new ¥1,000 voluntary climbing fee, which almost half of hikers skipped paying. It was introduced this year following a trial in 2013. Formally called ...

Sep 9, 2014

Sex change plaintiff wins damages over golf course snub

A businesswoman in Shizuoka Prefecture who changed her registered sex from male to female due to gender identity disorder has won a damages suit with a golf course operator that refused her membership based on the sex change. The Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka ...

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Sep 5, 2014

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

by Mami Maruko

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday harshly criticized Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu for disclosing the names of public elementary schools that scored above average in this year’s nationwide achievement test, saying the move goes against ministry rules. Shimomura also said the ministry will consider ...

Aug 15, 2014

Teacher in Shizuoka reportedly urged student to commit suicide

A teacher at an elementary school in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is facing discipline for abusive treatment of one of his pupils that allegedly included urging him to commit suicide. The 41-year-old teacher allegedly told his second-grade student on July 17, “Do you have (a ...

Full-size Thomas the Tank Engine hits Japan

Jul 4, 2014

Full-size Thomas the Tank Engine hits Japan

A full-size Thomas the Tank Engine will steam through Japanese tea fields this summer in the first service of its kind in East Asia, according to a railway official. The Oigawa Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture has converted a steam locomotive into the anthropomorphized British ...

Aug 13, 2013

Woman in Brazil convicted over Japan road death

A Japanese-Brazilian woman was sentenced to 26 months in prison, commuted to one year of community service, Monday by a Sao Paulo district court for causing a road accident that resulted in the death of a 2-year-old Japanese girl in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2005. ...

Good, clean fun at Ito tub race

Jul 4, 2013

Good, clean fun at Ito tub race

by Mio Yamada

The seaside town of Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, is well known for its dark, sandy beaches, hot springs, giant koi carp and spectacular summer fireworks displays. But it also holds one of the strangest and silliest traditions in the region — the Tarai-nori Kyoso, otherwise ...

Jun 20, 2013

Assistant to Shizuoka prosecutors nabbed in mob-linked info leak

Police arrested an assistant of the Shizuoka District Public Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday for allegedly leaking investigation information to her yakuza-linked friend. Miho Suzuki, 30, owned up to violating the law that prohibits public servants from leaking government information. Police also arrested Akira Suzuki, 38, ...