Tag - gifu



Hideo Kojima (right), mayor of Ginan, Gifu Prefecture, hands his letter of resignation to the head of the town's assembly at the town hall on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 29, 2024
Gifu town mayor resigns amid sexual harassment allegations
Hideo Kojima, 74, a former town assembly member, was first elected mayor in November 2020 and was serving his first term.
Ground Self-Defense Force members remove snow on a section of the Meishin Expressway in Gifu Prefecture on Wednesday.
Jan 25, 2024
Japan weather agency warns of more heavy snow
The warning comes a day after heavy snowfall caused nearly 800 vehicles to become stuck on the Meishin Expressway in Gifu Prefecture.
The Royal Theater in the city of Gifu screens 35-millimeter films.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Dec 18, 2023
Mini-theater showing 35mm films is struggling to survive
Massive amounts of funds are needed to renovate the aged facility and people involved in the theater are seeking ways to keep the place alive.
Cormorant fishing master Youichiro Adachi (left) holds the leashes tied to the necks and bodies of cormorants on the Nagara River in Oze, Gifu Prefecture, on Sept. 8.
Nov 30, 2023
Environmental change threatens Japan's cormorant fishing legacy
The method of fishing was once common in Japan, and a version of it has also been practiced in China
Yoriyuki Okuda, a veterinarian who heads a nonprofit organization in Gifu Prefecture that provides pet "guardianship" services through a mutual aid group it launched in 2017, on July 19
JAPAN / Society
Sep 26, 2023
Boom in pet 'guardianship' amid rise in elderly and singles
A nonprofit organization in Gifu Prefecture has provided such services through a mutual aid group.
Non-Japanese residents make up over 8% of the population of Kani, Gifu Prefecture, making it one of the country's most multicultural cities.
Sep 7, 2023
Kani residents take to the stage to promote cultural empathy
One of the most multicultural cities in Japan is using the theater to try and address common cultural misconceptions.
Junior high school students participate in a community-based club activity without any instructors in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Aug 15, 2023
Facing long hours, teacher pushes for data-driven reforms
Given the long working hours for Japan's schoolteachers, one educator from Gifu Prefecture is leading initiatives for teachers’ work-style reforms.
Police officers gather at a Ground Self-Defense Force shooting range in Gifu Prefecture on June 14 following a fatal rifle attack.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2023
Mental evaluation begins for GSDF fatal shooting suspect
The June 14 shooting during a live-fire training session left Master Sgt. Yasuchika Kikumatsu and Sgt. Kosuke Yashiro dead, and another 25-year-old sergeant seriously wounded.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 4, 2023
GSDF recruit charged again for murder after shooting at Gifu training exercise
The recruit shot an instructor in the head and then proceeded to shoot him in the back after he had fallen face-down, according to investigative sources.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jun 26, 2023
Debate raised on correcting left-handed children over calligraphy
“This is the age of diversity. Isn’t it up to him to decide which hand he wants to write with?” asks one mother who has a left-handed son.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 21, 2023
Motive still unclear a week after shooting at Self-Defense Forces facility
The motive remains unclear for a shooting range attack by a Ground Self-Defense Force cadet in Gifu a week ago that killed two GSDF members and injured another.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 20, 2023
SDF recruit likely to undergo mental evaluation after fatal shooting
The authorities will aim to assess the male recruit"s mental state at the time of the attack on three men during a live-fire training exercise at an indoor firing range.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 19, 2023
Japan GSDF police raid family home of cadet over rifle attack
The cadet loaded his rifle without permission soon after the start of a live-fire drill, then shot several people, killing two.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 15, 2023
SDF shooting suspect referred to prosecutors as details of incident emerge
The incident took place at a GSDF shooting range in the city of Gifu the day before, with the suspect telling investigators that he targeted a 52-year-old instructor.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2023
Two dead after shooting at Self-Defense Forces gun range in central Japan
An 18-year-old male suspect, a recent recruit of the Self-Defense Forces, was arrested at the scene.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2023
In graying Japan, local governments look to enact bold child-rearing support measures
While the local government moves might appear to be an encouraging step toward improvement, they are also giving rise to concerns about regional gaps in support measures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 30, 2023
Gifu construction firm paves the way in developing skilled foreign workers
At Concrete Pump, based in Kakamigahara, three Chinese nationals have obtained a newly established resident status that allows foreign nationals to work almost indefinitely in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2023
CDP to expel member over planned switch to ruling LDP
The CDP"s Gifu prefectural chapter is calling for Lulu Imai to return funds totaling ¥6.5 million it provided for her political activities.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2023
'Can't keep up': Pandemic cooking boom sharpens knife sales in Japan
Japanese knives are also winning more converts among aspiring and professional chefs, who prize their delicate precision, sleek finish and long lifespan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Dec 5, 2022
Japan's dairy farmers squeezed despite retail price hikes as costs soar
Raw milk prices have been raised to support dairy farmers suffering from soaring fuel and feed costs.


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