National / Crime & Legal Aug 25, 2017

Cord blood sellers face arrest over unauthorized therapies

Several people involved in cord blood sales are set to be arrested for aiding cord blood therapies without notifying authorities in advance, investigative sources said Friday. The police are also looking into criminal charges against doctors believed to have administered cord blood. The Health, Labor ...

Popular pig rodeo in Shikoku comes to an end

National Aug 14, 2016

Popular pig rodeo in Shikoku comes to an end

Would-be buckaroos took part in their last pig rodeo in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, Saturday after organizers of the long-held festival decided to shut it down following criticism it was a form of animal abuse. The festival, held almost every year for the past 25 years, ...

Ehime woman freed after 16 ½-hour hostage ordeal

National / Crime & Legal May 25, 2016

Ehime woman freed after 16 ½-hour hostage ordeal

A knife-wielding 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, roughly 16½ hours after taking a woman in her 20s hostage at her apartment in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, police said. After hours of pleas by authorities to free the woman, the suspect, identified as Kazuhiro Honda, released his ...

National Mar 27, 2014

Ehime resident hopes to heal with island cafe

A man from Ehime Prefecture opened a cafe last May on a tiny uninhabited island near the city of Matsuyama, in what he described as an attempt to bring one of his favorite childhood haunts back to life. Visiting the island, locally known as Kashima, ...