National Mar 3, 2014

Youth, 18, held, admits to August slaying of Mie girl, 15

An 18-year-old male was arrested late Sunday for murdering a 15-year-old female last August in Mie Prefecture, police said. The suspect, who graduated from high school Saturday, has confessed to slaying Hiromi Terawa, who disappeared after attending a fireworks show with a friend on Aug. ...

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

Travel May 12, 2013

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

by Mandy Bartok

The bright-pink ninja-emblazoned train isn't exactly the epitome of stealth as it cuts through the forested hills and rice paddies of Mie Prefecture. Neither are visitors' pint-size offspring who race excitedly up the paths of Ueno Park in the city of Iga shrieking their ...

Mystery lure of woodland lords

Environment Nov 29, 2009

Mystery lure of woodland lords

by Winifred Bird

When Hideyuki Yoshizawa goes into the woods, he doesn't wear the usual silver bells meant to scare off bears. He's given up smoking, too, to eliminate that tell-tale human smell. That's because he wants more than anything else to meet a bear in the ...