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A lower jawbone fossil from a tyrannosaurid dinosaur is shown at the Amakusa Municipal Government office in Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday.
Feb 16, 2024
Tyrannosaurid jawbone fossil found for first time in Japan
The finding in Kumamoto Prefecture is expected to advance studies regarding the classification of large theropods during the Late Cretaceous period.
The streets of disaster-hit Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture on Wednesday
Jan 24, 2024
Quake-hit Noto and Sea of Japan coast face heavy snowfall
Authorities have warned of possible road closures and the suspension of public transportation due to icy roads and snow.
A mid-19th century ukiyo-e woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi depicts Xu Fu’s voyage in search of the elixir of life. He can be seen near the left side of the image, with what looks to be Penglai, or Mount Fuji, in the background.
JAPAN / History / Longform
Jan 20, 2024
Eternal pursuits: A history of Japanese quests for immortality
Whether it's a permanent state of meditation or feasting on mermaid, the quest for immortality in Japan isn't too far off from those in other cultures.
Toranosuke Katayama is a photographer who's photo assignments lead him to become a soba researcher with 70 publications on the cuisine.
Dec 22, 2023
Toranosuke Katayama: ‘Soba is about saving history and identity’
A photographer who chose to document soba for a book soon found himself drawn into the deeper world of the buckwheat noodle.
Students at Koshino Junior High School in Fukui Prefecture engage in a discussion with virtual transfer student Himawari-chan (on screen) during a lesson on disaster prevention on Sept. 19.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 19, 2023
Classroom avatar creating constructive conflict in small schools
Teachers say the Himawari-chan avatar encourages spontaneous thinking by speaking from the perspective of a student.
A Level 4 self-driving vehicle in the town of Eiheiji, Fukui Prefecture
JAPAN / Society
Nov 12, 2023
Fukui Prefecture records nation's first Level 4 accident
In the accident in the town on Oct. 29, the autonomous vehicle, traveling at about 4 kilometers per hour, hit a parked bicycle.
Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
Nov 3, 2023
Kansai Electric applies to run Takahama reactor beyond 50th year
The No. 1 reactor at the plant in Fukui Prefecture is the oldest active reactor in Japan, having been commissioned in November 1974.
Aiko Taniguchi (front row, center) visits Colonia Pinhal, a settlement in Sao Paulo, for the first time in 11 years and participates in a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of its opening, in August.
JAPAN / History
Oct 19, 2023
Brazil's 'Fukui Village' celebrates its 60th anniversary
Fourteen people in three families from Fukui Prefecture first settled in Colonia Pinhal the 1960s.
Mysteriously suspended on the water of the Fugan Canal in Kansui Park, Hiroko Kubo’s “Mountain Dogs” (2023) are made from materials that reflect the industries of Toyama.
Oct 7, 2023
An introspective Go For Kogei turns its attention to Toyama
The craft-art festival focuses on the historically industrial city to explore the Hokuriku region's crafts in an urban setting.
Self-driving vehicles featuring level-4 capabilities in Eiheiji, Fukui Prefecture. The limited availability of autonomous driving in Japan stands in stark contrast to the U.S. and China.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 2, 2023
Autonomous driving remains a distant reality in Japan
The limited availability of autonomous driving stands in stark contrast to the U.S. and China, where robotaxis already roam the streets in some cities.
Reims forward Keito Nakamura (second from right) celebrates after scoring his first goal for the team in its French first-division match against Lille in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France, on Tuesday.
Sep 27, 2023
Keito Nakamura nets first Reims goal; Taichi Fukui makes Bayern debut
Reims is fifth on 10 points after six games in the French top tier.
The Takahama nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, with the No. 1 reactor in the background
Sep 15, 2023
Takahama No. 2 nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt
The restart of aging reactors comes as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government is stressing reliance on nuclear power generation.
Staff put up posters about the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line at JR Fukui Station on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2023
Hokuriku Shinkansen to link Kanazawa with Tsuruga from next March
The fastest travel time between Tokyo and Fukui will be two hours and 51 minutes — down 36 minutes from the time required on the current shortest route.
Kansai Electric Power's Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 3, 2023
Japan's nuclear restarts this year to hasten LNG import decline
Kansai Electric Power's plan next month to relaunch the last idle reactor at its flagship nuclear plant will mark an energy shift in Japan.
The Takahama No. 1 reactor (right) is the oldest of Japan's nuclear reactors not set for decommissioning.
Jul 28, 2023
Kansai Electric restarts 48-year-old Takahama reactor
It is the second time that a reactor over 40 years old has been reactivated, after the restart of the No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric's Mihama plant, also in Fukui.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 29, 2023
Fukui launches Japan's first transport service using 'level 4' autonomous driving
Self-driving cars are expected to serve as a means of transportation for elderly people in areas where public transportation services have decreased due to drive shortages and depopulation.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Japan nuclear watchdog halts Tsuruga reactor safety assessment again
The latest suspension further prolongs a process toward rebooting the No. 2 unit at the Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture, which has already taken years.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2023
Fukui’s dwindling washi makers hold on to paper-thin margins
As a product, washi"s beauty is unassailable. As an industry, it"s future is in doubt.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2023
Japanese town set to OK country's first 'level-4' autonomous vehicles
Autonomous vehicles are expected to become an essential means of transportation in regions of the country where public transport is becoming increasingly scarce.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2023
Takahama nuclear reactor in Fukui halted after alert goes off
The No. 4 reactor was halted after an alert went off warning of a rapid decrease in the number of neutrons.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation