Typhoon Nangka menaces west Japan

National Jul 16, 2015

Typhoon Nangka menaces west Japan

A strong typhoon was moving northwest toward Shikoku on Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said, warning of heavy rainfall and strong winds. Typhoon Nangka was described as particularly slow-moving, the kind of storm that can wreak most damage. Fears of landslides prompted the government of Kochi ...

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments

Travel Apr 18, 2015

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments

by Mandy Bartok

The fire is supposed to be searing my skipjack tuna, but I feel as if it's my cheeks that are cooking instead. Turning away from the intense heat, I extend my arm as far as it can go while still keeping my speared hunk of ...

Typhoon drenches Shikoku area

National Aug 3, 2014

Typhoon drenches Shikoku area

A typhoon that traveled north from the Yellow Sea brought heavy rain to Japan on Sunday, mainly in the Shikoku area. Since the 12th typhoon of the year is expected to move slowly, it could cause sporadic outbursts of rain until Monday. The Meteorological Agency ...

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

National Mar 3, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, 54, ...

National Oct 8, 2013

Japan, U.S. to use Ospreys for first time in exercise

U.S. Marine Corps and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel began a joint exercise Tuesday in Shiga Prefecture. During the exercise, which will last through Oct. 18 in the Aibano Training Area, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft will be used for the first time in a ...

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

National Aug 14, 2013

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

by Tomohiro Osaki

The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday became Japan's hottest city with a record-setting temperature of 41.0 degrees, is now rushing to capitalize on its new title with a string of unique projects. The mercury hit the all-time high of 41.0 in the ...

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

National May 21, 2013

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

by Kazuki Sawada

Sasano Nomura, 26, mournfully recalled the first time she put dogs to sleep as a staffer at the Small Animal Management Center in Kochi Prefecture, saying: "I killed them." Nomura, who began working at the center six years ago, still feels depressed when she hears ...