Coronavirus putting traditional Japanese customs on hold

National Mar 7, 2020

Coronavirus putting traditional Japanese customs on hold

The spread of the new coronavirus across Japan is forcing many people to temporarily abandon some of the country's traditional customs. Amid fears of infection, many are refraining from drinking powdered green tea from shared bowls during tea ceremonies. Meanwhile, Kochi Prefecture on Thursday called on ...

Poaching of glass eels on the rise in Japan amid surging prices

National Jan 28, 2020

Poaching of glass eels on the rise in Japan amid surging prices

Japan is struggling to crack down on the poaching of glass eels, which has been on the rise due to surging prices reflecting unprecedentedly poor catches. In Kochi Prefecture, a major glass eel fishing area, police discovered a facility used by poachers and arrested 11 ...

Ruling bloc-backed candidate wins Kochi gubernatorial election

National / Politics Nov 24, 2019

Ruling bloc-backed candidate wins Kochi gubernatorial election

Former internal affairs ministry bureaucrat Seiji Hamada, a candidate supported by the ruling bloc, on Sunday defeated a rival backed by four opposition parties in the Kochi gubernatorial election to succeed the three-term incumbent. Hamada, 56, beat fellow newcomer Kenji Matsumoto, 35, a Japanese Communist ...