LDP lawmaker Taro Kimura dies of pancreatic cancer at 52

Jul 25, 2017

LDP lawmaker Taro Kimura dies of pancreatic cancer at 52

Liberal Democratic Party Lower House member Taro Kimura, formerly a special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died of pancreatic cancer in Tokyo early Tuesday morning, according to his staff. He was 52. As a result of Kimura's death, a by-election will be held in ...

Jul 3, 2017

Chinese naval surveillance ship enters Japanese waters near Hokkaido

A Chinese naval surveillance ship entered Japanese territorial waters southwest of Hokkaido on Sunday, the Defense Ministry said. The ship was sailing eastward in the Tsugaru Strait between the prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori when it entered Japanese waters southwest off the island of Kojima ...

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

May 23, 2017

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Apple growers are increasingly going into the cider business, often with government assistance aimed at revitalizing regional economies that are grappling with the prospect of aging and dwindling populations, especially among farmers. As is the case in many agricultural areas in the country, the graying ...

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Apr 3, 2017

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Residents in Aomori Prefecture seem to cherish sakura more than anywhere else in Japan, according to a survey on cherry blossom viewing by weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. The survey was conducted on subscribers to its smartphone apps. In ranking their individual spending plans for this year's ...