Quake-hit Kumamoto to put Kumamon mascot back into action soon

May 4, 2016

Quake-hit Kumamoto to put Kumamon mascot back into action soon

The prefectural government of Kumamoto has decided to allow Kumamon, its hugely popular black bear mascot that has remained unseen in public settings since massive earthquakes jolted the area, to make a comeback on Thursday at the request of fans and the local sightseeing ...

/ Mar 27, 2016

Incumbent Kumamoto governor wins re-election for third term

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima won re-election for a third four-year term Sunday, defeating two fresh challengers, according to a Kyodo News projection. Kabashima, 69, was backed by the local chapters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito. He faced challenges from Seishi ...

Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

Mar 3, 2016

Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

Sales of products featuring Kumamoto Prefecture's popular Kumamon black bear mascot surpassed ¥100 billion in 2015 for the first time, the prefectural government has said. The figure, released Wednesday, represented the fifth straight year of record sales for such products since the local government began ...

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

Nov 13, 2013

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima on Tuesday took Kumamon to Harvard to give a lecture at one of America's most prestigious universities on how the cuddly black bear mascot has helped "maximize the overall happiness" of the prefecture's residents. Later at Fenway Park in nearby Boston, ...

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Oct 28, 2013

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by Kumamoto Prefecture's official mascot, the popular black bear character called Kumamon, at the prefectural office Monday. The Imperial Couple, who have been visiting the prefecture since Saturday, thanked Kumamon for his display of comical movements. After being introduced ...