Tag - ibaraki



Police have arrested a 58-year-old man after a 16-year-old female high school student was found dead in an apartment in Osaka Prefecture, apparently from a cough medicine overdose.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 8, 2023
Man arrested on kidnapping charge after overdose death in Osaka
An autopsy found that the kidnapped 16-year-old female student had a fatal amount of cough medicine ingredients inside her body.
Police officers examine the site of a car crash in a square in front of the Hitachi municipal offices in Ibaraki Prefecture on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Suspect in Ibaraki car crashes admits involvement, citing grudge
The vehicle that was rammed into a square in the city of Hitachi had the suspect's mother in the passenger seat at the time of the incident.
A photo supplied by a witness shows a car inside the main entrance of the village office of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 6, 2023
At least 3 injured in two car incidents in Ibaraki Prefecture
A different car is thought to have been involved in each incident, but a man in his 50s who lives in the prefecture is suspected of driving both of them.
The JT-60SA, the world's biggest nuclear fusion reactor constructed to date, before its planned inauguration in the city of Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday
Dec 1, 2023
Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated
Fusion technology is still in its infancy but is billed by some as the answer to humanity's future energy needs.
The front entrance gate leading to the former Ashigakubo Elementary School in Yokose, Saitama Prefecture. The school, which was more than a century old, was forced to close in 2009.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 5, 2023
School's out forever in aging Japan
As the number of children in Japan decreases, public money has been made available to help municipalities repurpose old schools.
A field of kochia plants is lit up in the colors of the rainbow at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, in September.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 15, 2023
Ibaraki regains ignominious crown as least attractive prefecture
This marks the 12th time the prefecture ranked last since the survey began in 2009 — after being dethroned by Saga in 2022.
Ethical Spirits is a venture company based in Tokyo that makes sake from discarded sake lees, or leftover sake residue.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 24, 2023
Birch, cedar and oak: The new building blocks of sake
Beverages are made from Japanese white birch, cedar, Lindera umbellata (used in high-grade toothpicks) and Mongolian oak samples.
An earthquake simulation test machine shown at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Tuesday
Sep 13, 2023
State-of-the-art quake simulation test shown to media
The institute hopes that the machine will help uncover the mechanism of earthquakes in a natural setting in order to predict large quakes.
The waterfront of Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefercture, the location of some of Hasui Kawase's sketches.
Sep 11, 2023
Fans illuminate lost landscapes through works of late artist
Admirers of artist Hasui Kawase are banding together to raise awareness of the disappearing waterfront landscapes he depicted.
Commuters walk through the rain near Tokyo Station on Friday morning.
Sep 8, 2023
Tropical Storm Yun-yeung brings heavy rain to Kanto region
The storm prompted evacuation orders in some areas amid record-breaking rain.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
NPO pushes doomsday bunkers in Japan as security threats grow
The organization says the underground shelter can house a family of four adults, three children and one pet for a maximum of two weeks.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 6, 2023
Deluge of the century: Researchers highlight rarity of deadly Japan rainfall
Many coastal areas of the Tokai region, including Toyohashi in Aichi and Hamamatsu in Shizuoka, experienced an amount of rain that falls once in 100 years or more.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Longform
Jun 4, 2023
'Stakeout Diary': A killer on the run, two postwar gumshoes — noir at its finest
When a photographer was given rare permission to follow two detectives through Tokyo on a murder case, who’d have known he’d gather a legion of fans decades later.
Japan Times
May 30, 2023
Yuki Miyazawa: 'Even if it’s something small, I should do what I can'
After spending much of her life abroad, Yuki Miyazawa returned to Japan determined to bring the best aspects of her international lifestyle with her.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 25, 2023
Small measles outbreak in Japan raises alarm
The most recent infections appear to have happened to strangers riding the same shinkansen for less than three hours.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 2, 2023
Japanese gene bank a vital insurance policy against food crop threats
The shifting of ideal growing zones due to warming across the globe makes the creation of seed banks a cause for international attention.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Jan 30, 2023
Reining in Japan’s unstoppable urban sprawl
The world’s most rapidly aging nation wants its shrinking population to concentrate in regional urban centers. However, things aren"t going as planned.
Japan Times
Jan 16, 2023
Fixes to shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 billion
The Tokai Reprocessing Plant was the nation's first plant that reprocessed spent fuel from nuclear reactors to recover uranium and plutonium.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2023
Record 10 million birds culled in Japan as avian flu spreads
As of Monday, a record 56 infections had been verified across 23 of the country's 47 prefectures this season.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2022
Strong earthquake jolts southern Ibaraki Prefecture
There was no threat of a tsunami from the quake, which struck at 5:40 p.m.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves