Consumer Affairs Agency tests the water for moving HQ to Tokushima

Jul 4, 2016

Consumer Affairs Agency tests the water for moving HQ to Tokushima

The Consumer Affairs Agency started trial operations Monday in Tokushima Prefecture to identify possible problems concerning its proposed relocation from Tokyo. Agency chief Kumiko Bando and some 40 officials from all nine divisions in the agency will stay in the prefecture until July 29, ...

Tokyo bureaucrats trial working from Tokushima Prefecture

Mar 14, 2016

Tokyo bureaucrats trial working from Tokushima Prefecture

Senior officials of the Consumer Affairs Agency are carrying out a trial in which they are working remotely from a facility in Tokushima Prefecture. The test, which began Monday in Kamiyama, Tokushima Prefecture, is part of Tokyo’s efforts to decentralize some of its functions, ...

Jan 14, 2016

Government eyes transfer of two agencies' functions to prefectures

Some functions within the Cultural Affairs Agency and Consumer Affairs Agency could be relocated to Kyoto and Tokushima prefectures, respectively, under a government plan to be finalized in March, sources said. Officials representing both agencies and local governments will discuss details later this month, ...

Feb 6, 2015

Magnitude 5 quake jolts Shikoku

An earthquake in Shikoku with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 shook Tokushima Prefecture on Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at 10:25 a.m. and originated in the south of Tokushima at a depth of around 10 km. It registered upper-5 on ...

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

Dec 9, 2014

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

All inhabitants of towns in Tokushima Prefecture cut off by last weekend’s heavy snowfall are safe, officials said Tuesday after intensive efforts to reach residents. But rescue teams remained unable to clear the roads to some areas. Roughly 120 households — about 200 people ...

Jun 3, 2014

Awa Odori dancers bound for Paris

Dozens of Japanese folk dancers will perform the traditional Awa Odori in Paris next year as part of efforts to promote Japanese culture overseas, organizers say. It is believed to be the first planned performance in France of the weaving dance, which is native ...