Sep 8, 2017

Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Akita; no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted Akita Prefecture on Friday evening, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the 10:23 p.m. quake, which measured upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in Daisen, the agency said. The ...

Three die as fire razes aging Akita apartment building

Aug 22, 2017

Three die as fire razes aging Akita apartment building

At least three people were killed and two others remain unaccounted for after a fire engulfed an apartment building in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, early Tuesday, police and firefighters said. Ten of the two-story wooden building's 25 residents were injured in the fire that started around ...

Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

/ Apr 9, 2017

Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

Akita Gov. Norihisa Satake was re-elected Sunday, beating two challengers. Satake, a 69-year-old former mayor of the city of Akita, is an independent who was backed in the election by Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party's local chapter and the Social Democratic Party. The campaign was dominated ...

North Korean missiles loom over Sea of Japan fishermen

Mar 6, 2017

North Korean missiles loom over Sea of Japan fishermen

Fishermen and local officials on the Sea of Japan coast rushed Monday to gather information and confirm the safety of fishing boats after North Korea fired missiles into Japan's exclusive economic zone 300 to 350 km west of Akita Prefecture. The fishermen's union from the ...

3/11 Tohoku disaster hero character proving TV hit in Thailand

Jan 24, 2017

3/11 Tohoku disaster hero character proving TV hit in Thailand

A Japanese hero character created in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is growing in popularity in Thailand through a television program. The television show, named after the character, "Tohoku Gasshin Miraigar" ("Miraigar, God of Tohoku"), has been broadcast in ...