Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

Aug 18, 2016

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

A zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture is seeing a surge in visitors this summer after it started displaying an entirely white Mississippi alligator. The alligator is a 4-year-old female albino resulting from a mutation. It was brought from Germany and is the first of its ...

Jul 15, 2016

Body parts found in Shizuoka lake that of Hokkaido man, 32

The dismembered body of a man found last week in and around Lake Hamanako in Shizuoka Prefecture has been identified as that of a man from Hokkaido, police said Thursday. The victim was 32-year-old Yuto Demachi, who was originally from Bibai, Hokkaido. The police ...

Jul 14, 2016

Shizuoka Muslim group receives threats after Bangladesh terror attack

A Muslim association in Shizuoka says it has received threats of physical harm following the terrorist attack in Bangladesh earlier this month that left 20 people, including seven Japanese, dead. An official of the Shizuoka Muslim Association said Wednesday it had received four handwritten ...

Dismembered human body parts found in Shizuoka lake

Jul 8, 2016

Dismembered human body parts found in Shizuoka lake

Dismembered human body parts were found Friday in and around a lake in Shizuoka Prefecture, prompting police to launch an investigation. A man living near Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu found a right leg on the lakeside around 6:20 a.m. and notified the police, they ...

Jun 8, 2016

Takata, Nissan hit with first air bag criminal complaint

A woman in Japan has filed a criminal complaint against Takata Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. over injuries sustained when a Takata air bag ruptured in a vehicle collision last year, investigative sources said. It was the first such case in the nation related ...

Yamanashi, Shizuoka look to partnership in Southeast Asia push

Jun 8, 2016

Yamanashi, Shizuoka look to partnership in Southeast Asia push

Two of Japan’s major fruit producing prefectures are considering joining forces to sell their fare in Southeast Asia. In a bid to take advantage of the popularity of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, Yamanashi and Shizuoka have set about exploring a partnership to sell ...

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Dec 16, 2015

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru was likened to a ninja Wednesday as he was given an award by a nationwide organization promoting the culture of the ancient spies. The Japan Ninja Council said it decided to give the 29-year-old fullback its “Master of Ninja” award ...