National Dec 6, 2016

Missing 2-year-old found safe after spending night outdoors

A 2-year-old girl who went missing Monday in Oita Prefecture was found safe Tuesday in a mountainous area about 2 km from where she disappeared, police said. Koyomi Tokunaga, who sustained only minor scratches, was conscious but was transported to a hospital as a precaution. Relatively ...

Charlotte the monkey as rambunctious as ever at Oita zoo

National Aug 21, 2015

Charlotte the monkey as rambunctious as ever at Oita zoo

A baby monkey, whose naming by a Japanese zoo as Charlotte after Britain's newborn princess caused something of an uproar, is in full tomboy mode. The 3-month-old, 15-cm-tall macaque from Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park in Oita has become a sensation with park visitors as ...

National Jul 13, 2015

Temblor rattles Oita area; Ikata nuclear plant said OK

An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck Kyushu early Monday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami were reported. The 2:52 a.m. temblor's epicenter was in southern Oita, according to the agency. The focus was around 60 km underground. The Ikata nuclear power plant in ...

Beppu bamboo art on display in LA

National Oct 1, 2014

Beppu bamboo art on display in LA

Artists from Beppu, Oita Prefecture, which is famous for bamboo products, are exhibiting works made of bamboo for sale at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. The purpose of the event is to promote Beppu's traditional bamboo crafts as artworks overseas. ...