Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts northeastern Japan

National Dec 21, 2020

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts northeastern Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 rattled northeastern Japan on early Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the weather agency said. The quake at 2:23 a.m., with a focus at a depth of 43 kilometers off Aomori Prefecture, registered a weak 5 on ...

Cave resembling Totoro draws attention in Japan

Culture Nov 5, 2020

Cave resembling Totoro draws attention in Japan

A cave on the northeastern coast of Japan is drawing attention for the remarkable resemblance of its opening to the side profile of the title character from Studio Ghibli's classic animation film "My Neighbor Totoro." The location of the cave in the district of Tomari ...

Historic 'ninja house' in northern Japan dodges demolition

National Oct 13, 2020

Historic 'ninja house' in northern Japan dodges demolition

A historic house in Aomori Prefecture supposedly used as a ninja base hundreds of years ago has avoided demolition after its new owner vowed to preserve the property, a university professor said Tuesday. The wooden one-story house, which sits in a narrow alley in the ...

Prices of high-quality bluefin tuna falling amid pandemic

National Sep 26, 2020

Prices of high-quality bluefin tuna falling amid pandemic

Bluefin tuna, a prized fish for high-end sushi establishments, is cheaper than usual this year because of good hauls off Aomori Prefecture and other fishing areas, as well as the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Fishers in Aomori, known for its Oma bluefin tuna, are ...