Giant tortoise on the run no more

Aug 16, 2017

Giant tortoise on the run no more

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Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound in bushes about 140 meters away from the spot where she made her getaway. The man and his teenage son, ...

Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

Feb 10, 2017

Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

Heavy snow plastered much of the Sea of Japan coast on Friday as a cold wave hit the archipelago, disrupting transportation and causing power outages. The Meteorological Agency warned the snowfall could continue through Sunday and spread to the Pacific coast. In Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture, around ...

Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Nov 17, 2016

Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Three municipalities in Okayama Prefecture have launched a joint project to promote Muslim-friendly tourism in the region, initially targeting travelers from Malaysia with the help of a local travel agency. A memorandum of understanding on the "Okayama-Style Health Tourism Project" was signed Tuesday in Kuala ...

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Jun 5, 2016

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation's top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people. Attendance hit 817,260 in fiscal 2015 ended in March. The ...

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Okayama child abductor sentenced to 6½ years in prison

A man convicted of the abduction and false imprisonment of an 11-year-old girl in Okayama Prefecture has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison. Takeshi Fujiwara, 50, a self-described illustrator, seized the elementary school girl at knife-point as she made her way home from school ...