Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

National / Politics Mar 23, 2020

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

Ikuo Kabashima won a fourth term in the Kumamoto gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the local chapter of the minor opposition Social Democratic Party. Voter turnout stood at 45.03 percent, lower than for the previous gubernatorial election in the prefecture in 2016. ...

Minamata disease claims rejected by Fukuoka High Court

National / Crime & Legal Mar 13, 2020

Minamata disease claims rejected by Fukuoka High Court

Fukuoka High Court on Friday declined to recognize eight plaintiffs as sufferers of Minamata disease, rejecting their demand for a total of some ¥300 million in damages from the government and other defendants. In the lawsuit, the eight members of a Minamata disease-related mutual-aid group ...

Coronavirus scuppers Kumamon's 10th birthday party celebrations

National Mar 12, 2020

Coronavirus scuppers Kumamon's 10th birthday party celebrations

Iconic mascot Kumamon, a cuddly black bear-like character that has gained worldwide fame, marked his 10th birthday on Thursday, although celebrations scheduled to be held on the weekend have been postponed in light of the spread of COVID-19. "Even if we can't meet now, our ...

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

National Feb 28, 2020

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

Products bearing the image of Kumamon, the black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, racked up sales of at least ¥157.9 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2019, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government said Friday. Sales have hit fresh records every year since 2011, when the prefectural government started ...