Concern grows among Japan's glass eel farmers as catch slips away

Jan 22, 2018

Concern grows among Japan's glass eel farmers as catch slips away

Catches of juvenile Japanese eels have been extremely low in the current fishing season, raising concerns among eel farmers. Baby eel catches in December are believed to have totaled only 0.2 ton, down sharply from a year before, according to the Fisheries Agency. If the situation ...

JAXA postpones launch of satellite due to lightning

/ Jan 15, 2018

JAXA postpones launch of satellite due to lightning

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Monday it will postpone the Wednesday launch of its third Epsilon solid-fuel rocket due to expected bad weather. The space agency now aims to launch the three-stage, 26-meter rocket from Uchinoura Space Center in the town of Kimotsuki, ...

Mechanic dies after pinned by plane wing at Kagoshima Airport

Dec 30, 2017

Mechanic dies after pinned by plane wing at Kagoshima Airport

A mechanic died Friday after being pinned under the wing of a plane being pulled into a hangar at Kagoshima Airport, a local airline and fire department said. Japan Air Commuter Co., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines Co., identified the man as employee Koki Kihara, ...

Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Nov 17, 2017

Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Conducting a three-day tour to meet residents of remote islands, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited Yoron Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Imperial Couple, who stayed the prior night on Okinoerabu Island, traveled to Yoron to observe what is called an "illusory sandbar" ...

Mount Shinmoe eruption continues for second day

Oct 12, 2017

Mount Shinmoe eruption continues for second day

The eruption of a Kyushu volcano continued for a second day on Thursday, with a plume rising about 2,000 meters above the crater, the Meteorological Agency said. Mount Shinmoe, straddling the borders of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, erupted early on Wednesday for the first time ...