National Apr 26, 2020

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolts Tokyo area

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit Ibaraki Prefecture at 9:49 a.m. Sunday, shaking buildings in the capital. The earthquake hit at a depth of 70 kilometers and was centered inland, the Meteorological Agency said. There was no risk of tsunami from the earthquake, it added, and ...

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

National Apr 23, 2020

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

Some leisure spots near Tokyo have seen crowds of visitors recently despite government instructions to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, prompting local residents and municipalities to voice concerns about further potential spread of the virus. Although it was a weekday, a beach near ...

National Jan 14, 2020

Magnitude 5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 rattled eastern Japan including the Tokyo metropolitan area early Tuesday, the weather agency said. The temblor struck at 4:53 a.m. in southern Ibaraki Prefecture with a focus about 50 kilometers below the surface, the Meteorological Agency said. ...

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

National Dec 20, 2019

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

The government said Friday it will expand vaccinations of pigs against hog cholera to cover Tokyo and seven prefectures adjacent to the 12 prefectures with confirmed cases of the deadly virus. The vaccinations may start later this month in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Kyoto and Nara, ...