Miyazaki mother, three 12-year-old boys die in blaze

National Nov 1, 2015

Miyazaki mother, three 12-year-old boys die in blaze

Three elementary school boys and the mother of one of them were killed in a fire that broke out in a three-story building in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, police said. The victims were Tomoko Nakamura, 43, her son, Yu, and his school friends, Haruto Tabata and ...

Editorials Oct 11, 2015

Smog returns to Southeast Asia

Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

National Jul 27, 2015

Fatal plane crash leaves Chofu residents fearful

Sunday's fatal plane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, has incited fears among residents of the normally quiet neighborhood that they might be involved in a similar accident in the future. The accident, in which a light plane slammed into a residential area, left three people ...

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

National May 17, 2015

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

At least two people were killed in a fire early Sunday at two adjacent hostels in Kawasaki and 18 others were rushed to the hospital, police and firefighters said. More than 10 people remain unaccounted for among some 60 people staying in the two wooden ...

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

National May 12, 2014

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of causing a forest fire by dumping smoldering charcoal left over from a barbecue into the woods. Daigo Kawahara allegedly threw away the charcoal on Sunday afternoon in a forest in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, after holding a ...

National Jan 3, 2014

10 die in fires in four prefectures

A total of 10 people were killed in residential fires in four prefectures in northeastern and southwestern Japan, police and firefighters said Friday. Three bodies were found in the ruins of a residential fire in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, which occurred at the home of Fumio ...