Tag - oita



Satoshi Harada from the Meteorological Agency explains about the magnitude 6.6 earthquake during a news conference early Thursday.
Apr 18, 2024
No link to Nankai Trough quake seen after temblor in Shikoku
There was no tsunami from the quake and reports suggested only minor injuries and damage.
Shintaro Tajima (left) and his son, Daisuke, pose in their forest in Hita, Oita Prefecture, in January. At their feet is wasabi growing in clusters.
BUSINESS / Companies / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Mar 18, 2024
Oita forestry firm signs carbon trade deal with Line operator
LY, which operates Line and Yahoo services, will purchase 1,500 tons of carbon credit per year from Tajima Forest for 10 years.
A large-scale exercise of the Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps is carried out on Okinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture on March 10.
Mar 15, 2024
Authorities deny report of SDF chopper crash in southwestern Japan
The Joint Staff Office said it has confirmed the status of all SDF aircraft and found no information related to an accident.
Located in Ehime Prefecture at the base of the Cape Sada Peninsula, the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant lies about 45 kilometers from the town of Saganoseki within the city of Oita.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Court rejects class action suit opposing nuclear plant in Ehime
Local residents in Oita, less than 50 kilometers from the facility, had called into question the safety of the plant during natural disasters.
A HondaJet aircraft
Jan 28, 2024
Small jet overshoots at Japanese airport, causing runway closure
None of the three men aboard the HondaJet light business aircraft were injured in the incident and there was no fire.
Shohei Ohtani speaks during his introductory news conference with the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Dec. 14, 2023.
Jan 25, 2024
City criticized for displaying Ohtani-donated gloves, not gifting to kids
Ohtani said in November on his Instagram account that he would donate youth baseball gloves to every elementary school in Japan.
Yoko Huijs-Watanuki poses in the city of Fukuoka during a visit to Japan in October.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Dec 4, 2023
Oita woman helps Japanese Dutch, born in WWII, trace their roots
During the Pacific War the Japanese military occupied the Dutch East Indies, after taking the land from Dutch forces in 1942.
MUFG Bank is aiming to foray into space by investing in startups.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2023
MUFG Bank among firms to lead $290 million Sierra Space fundraising
Sierra Space is among a handful of space industry players attempting to build a private space station.
Native Englander Paul Christie now spends most of his time rebuilding declining communities across the rural stretches of southwest Japan.
Aug 29, 2023
One tour company’s mission to ‘revive a small corner of Japan’
Launched in 2007, the “Community Project” was devised to reinvigorate two neighboring valleys on the Kunisaki Peninsula.
Scientists handle a multiple-core sampling device for extracting sediments and sludge, in Beppu Bay, off Oita Prefecture, in June 2021. Beneath the seawater lie layers of seemingly unremarkable sediment and sludge that tell the story of how humans have fundamentally altered the world around them.
Jul 20, 2023
Japanese sea sludge tells story of human impact on Earth
Beppu Bay is among areas being considered for designation as a "golden spike," a location that offers evidence of a new geological epoch defined by our species: the Anthropocene.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
Death toll from southwestern Japan rain rises to seven
Five were found dead in Fukuoka Prefecture, and the other two were found in neighboring Saga Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
One dead and two missing as western Japan hit by heavy rain
The weather agency has warned of potential landslides, flooding and other disasters in western, central and eastern Japan, as a seasonal rain front triggered strong downpours.
Japan Times
May 20, 2023
Japanese singer Masahiko Kondo urges Johnny's to answer sex abuse claims
The official said the 58-year-old singer made the remarks to reporters when he visited the Oita governor to promote a car racing event in the southwestern prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
May 13, 2023
In the world of tatami, one Kyushu variety is a cut above
Shichitōi rushes can be difficult to harvest and weave, but many consider them the superior ingredient for unparalleled tatami.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 20, 2023
Voter reaction to attack on Kishida could impact Sunday by-elections
How the ruling party performs is expected to influence Kishida’s decision on whether to call a snap election in the coming months.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 10, 2023
The by-elections that could determine Kishida's snap election call
The April 23 votes could determine whether the prime minister heads into next month’s G7 summit with clear political skies, or under a cloud with party rivals grumbling about his leadership.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 9, 2023
Voting underway for local races across Japan
From Hokkaido to Osaka, voters are casting their ballots to select governors, mayors and assembly members in local elections held across Japan on Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 6, 2023
Campaigning begins for Oita Upper House by-election
Five by-elections will be held on April 23, along with the second round of local polls to select mayors and assembly members across Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 6, 2023
Upcoming April by-elections likely litmus test for Kishida's leadership
The elections are likely to be a test of whether the prime minister can run the government stably, a year and a half after taking office in October 2021.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2023
Japan organization successfully tests manned flying car
The flying car rose to a height of some 30 meters above the ground, traveling 400 meters, and was in the air for 3½ minutes.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores