Pair with same name win assembly seats in Kyushu city

National / Politics Jan 30, 2017

Pair with same name win assembly seats in Kyushu city

Two men with the exact same name were elected Sunday to the municipal assembly in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture. However, the local election board could not determine which candidate was preferred on about 800 ballots. These votes were apportioned according to the proportion of ballots each ...

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

Environment Nov 16, 2013

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

by Winifred Bird

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have recently been mulling major changes to the country's farm policy. The move comes against the backdrop of high production costs and average farm size not having grown much since 1965. For decades the government has used tariffs ...

Karatsu pursues cosmetics hub dream

Business Aug 30, 2013

Karatsu pursues cosmetics hub dream

The city of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, is aiming to build a cosmetics industry hub, taking a cue from Cosmetic Valley, an extensive cluster of plant growers, manufacturers and research facilities for makeup products spread around Paris. The idea for a Japanese version of the French ...