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Nara and Canberra celebrate 25 years of sister city ties

National Oct 26, 2018

Nara and Canberra celebrate 25 years of sister city ties

Dignitaries from Japan and Australia commemorated the 25th anniversary of sister city relations between Nara and Canberra on Thursday. Nara City Mayor Gen Nakagawa traveled to the Australian capital to mark the silver anniversary at an event hosted by Japanese Ambassador Sumio Kusaka and attended ...

Six dead, two injured in motorcycle accident in Nara

National Aug 31, 2018

Six dead, two injured in motorcycle accident in Nara

Six people died and two others were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the city of Nara early Friday, police said. Four of those killed were male residents of Nara between the ages of 14 and 18, and the other two have not yet ...

Nara to nix royalties for use of Sento-kun mascot

National Jun 14, 2018

Nara to nix royalties for use of Sento-kun mascot

The Nara Prefectural Government said Wednesday that it will make the use of its official mascot free of charge from August. The local government, which currently collects a fee of 3 percent of expected sales for the use of Sento-kun, hopes that the new measure ...

Nara deer found with makeshift dart lodged in neck

National Jun 13, 2018

Nara deer found with makeshift dart lodged in neck

One of the many deer in the city of Nara has been found with a makeshift dart lodged in its neck, local authorities said Wednesday, prompting police to launch an investigation. The roughly 4-year-old, 36-kilogram doe appears to have suffered only a minor injury and ...

U.S. man indicted for killing woman in Osaka

National / Crime & Legal May 2, 2018

U.S. man indicted for killing woman in Osaka

Prosecutors indicted an American man Wednesday for killing a woman in Osaka in February. According to the indictment, Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, strangled 27-year-old Saki Kondo at a condominium rented out to tourists on Feb. 16. The prosecutors charged him with injury resulting in death, not murder, ...