Tag - okayama



Yusuke Yamazaki, former president of Nishiyama Farm, arrives at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Ex-Nishiyama Farm president arrested after deportation from Indonesia
Yusuke Yamazaki had been on the international wanted list for his alleged involvement in investment fraud involving overseas fruit sales.
Police officers investigate the area around a Starbucks outlet in Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture, on Jan. 14 after a shooting incident at the store.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 5, 2024
Ehime police arrest senior yakuza member over fatal Starbucks shooting
The suspect was found alone at a house in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, where police also recovered what appeared to be a handgun and bullets.
Koichi Kondo plays the harmonica. Playing harmonica was like life itself for members of the Bluebird Band, according to his words.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Mar 4, 2024
Harmonica melodies of Hansen's disease patients live on
A band featuring the instrument was founded in 1953, at a time when prejudice against the disease was still strong
Japan Airlines has kicked off an unmanned drone service to deliver goods and medical supplies in the remote town of Setouchi.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 29, 2024
Japan Airlines starts drone service in remote areas for disasters
The carrier is working with local authorities in the town of Setouchi, a tiny inlet in Okayama Prefecture that's home to 8,000 residents.
Tacaquito Usui (left) smiles at a news conference in Okayama after the Okayama Family Court's Tsuyama Branch recognized his petition to have his gender changed on his family register on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2024
Court approves gender change for nonsterilized trans man in Japan
Before the top court decision, Japan's law on gender dysphoria stipulated six conditions to register as a different sex.
Hiruzen Kougei employee Moeko Hirao, craft brewer “Sugichan” and furry friend Tsubu help out with the tomato harvest at 6:37 a.m.
LIFE / Travel / Longform
Oct 16, 2023
The farmer's intern: A month in the Japanese countryside
Escaping the chaos of Tokyo for a month, our writer heads to rural Okayama Prefecture and discovers the delights of natural farming.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Jun 5, 2023
Bridge marks 35 years connecting island isolated under past leprosy policy
The Oku-Nagashima Bridge in Okayama Prefecture has become a symbol of acknowledgement that the segregation policy, under which patients suffered for decades from discrimination, was wrong.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Feb 27, 2023
‘Made in Japan’ jeans from Okayama still evolving, 50 years on
Fully domestic-made jeans were first manufactured in Okayama Prefecture to imitate American clothing, but have developed into unique, luxury products that sell at high prices.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Men from Shiga and women from Okayama top Japan life expectancy
At the other end of the rankings, Aomori Prefecture was at the bottom of the longevity list for both men and women, at 79.27 years and 86.33 years, respectively.
Japan Times
Nov 25, 2022
Human rights violations confirmed at leprosy sanatorium
According to the report, 1,674 residents died in the facility between 1938 and 1998, and autopsies were performed on 1,184 of them, about 70% of the total.
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2022
Japan confirms season's first bird flu cases
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has instructed government officials to be on high alert over a possible spread of cases and promote quarantine measures after the virus was found at two farms.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2022
Local Japan governments eye taxes to prevent deforestation by renewable energy firms
While the use of renewable energy sources is growing, local communities are worried about the environmental destruction the creation of such facilities may cause.
Japan Times
May 31, 2022
Government bans technical intern program intermediary after abuse of foreign trainee
A 41-year-old Vietnamese man sustained serious injuries including a broken rib in repeated assaults by his coworkers at a construction firm.
Japan Times
May 15, 2022
Sara Yoshihara: ‘The best reaction is when a kid with allergies stops by and gets to have a treat’
A wheat allergy diagnosis prompted Hototogisu Bakery and Farm to switch to gluten-free products, which has helped foster a community.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2022
Disaster-focused pictograms bringing clarity during crises in Japan
So far, the diagrams have been installed at more than 300 locations by fire departments, hospitals and commercial facilities in 29 prefectures.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2022
Wild snake chase: 'Missing' Okayama python turns up inside car
A 2-meter-long pet ball python was found Monday in the car it was last seen in, with police saying it had likely never escaped in the first place.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2022
Government bans firm from accepting foreign trainees after assault case
The victim of the sustained assault is demanding an apology as well as compensation from the construction company and the intermediate body which introduced the him to the company.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 27, 2021
Japan to extend COVID-19 state of emergency to June 20, official says
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters the government will consult with an expert panel on Friday on the extension.
Japan Times
May 16, 2021
Tougher COVID-19 steps begin in six prefectures amid virus surge
Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures joined the state of emergency, while quasi-emergency measures were expanded to Gunma, Ishikawa and Kumamoto prefectures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 15, 2021
Businesses hope tougher COVID-19 measures will speed return to normal
Some businesses have lamented the delay in implementing the new restrictions, criticizing the central government for a lack of foresight.


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