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 ...

Ex-school building thrives as aquarium

National Nov 3, 2018

Ex-school building thrives as aquarium

A former elementary school building in a sparsely populated area in Kochi Prefecture is thriving as an aquarium, with its cumulative visitors topping 100,000 as of Tuesday, about six months after its opening. Closed as a schoolhouse 12 years ago, the three-story building in the ...