Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

National Aug 22, 2018

Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

Kumamon, the popular black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, will debut as a YouTuber next month, sharing online its experiences with sports, arts and crafts in multiple languages, the local government said Wednesday. Starting Sept. 3, a two-minute video featuring the official mascot of the ...

Smart ways to communicate

Digital | ON: TECH Dec 17, 2017

Smart ways to communicate

by Chiho Komoriya

The Babel fish stick When overseas, trying to speak an unfamiliar language can be a difficult and stressful task, especially if you're on a vacation and there isn't enough time to learn useful phrases before heading out. Logbar has a solution that sounds like science ...

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

National 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 ...

National / Politics 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

National 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 ...