Tag - saga



Gold badges distributed to Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly members after the April 2023 election. The prices for both types doubled from four years ago.
JAPAN / Politics / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Feb 19, 2024
Gold assembly badges worth millions of yen unreturned in Kyushu
Each elected member receives a new badge for every election and is supposed to return them on losing an election or retiring from politics.
Plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the construction of a Ground Self-Defense Force garrison site for Ospreys walk to the Saga District Court in Saga on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 20, 2023
Saga residents sue to halt construction of base for GSDF Ospreys
Plaintiffs in the suit filed with the Saga District Court dispute ownership of the land designated for the garrison and have raised safety concerns.
Workers prepare to cull chickens at a farm in Kashima, Saga Prefecture, on Saturday after a case of bird flu was detected there.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 25, 2023
Japan confirms season's first bird flu case in Saga
The Saga Prefectural Government has started to cull around 40,000 chickens raised at a farm in the city of Kashima.
In total, the Yoshinogari Historical Park holds 98 buildings, including dwellings, storehouses and watchtowers.
LIFE / Travel
Jul 31, 2023
Think you could survive in prehistoric Japan? This Kyushu park lets you try
The Yoshinogari Historical Park, which preserves ruins across the sprawling site in Saga Prefecture, lets visitors get a feel for local history from 500 B.C. to 300 A.D.
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 10, 2023
Three killed and eight missing as heavy rain triggers landslides in southern Japan
Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents to leave their homes as the deluge hit.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2023
Stone coffin opened at Yoshinogari site in southwestern Japan
The sarcophagus is believed to have been built in the Yayoi period during the time of the ancient country of Yamatai.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 23, 2023
Will tourists thirst for trips to a Japanese green tea mecca?
Tourists in Japan can find quality tea anywhere. These rural farmers, however, are hoping some travelers are willing to go far afield for excellent sips.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 19, 2023
Laborious and luxurious, saffron takes root again in southwestern Japan
The world"s most expensive spice flows through a small village in Kyushu.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2023
Saga mayor OKs Osprey deployment at city's airport
The Defense Ministry plans to build a new camp spanning about 33 hectares to the west of Saga Airport and station 17 Ospreys there.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2022
New platform encourages Japan's foreign residents to use tax donation programs
The furusato nu043eu0304zei program allows people to give tax payments to prefectures and municipalities in exchange for gifts, but uptake among non-Japanese has been low.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Jan 24, 2022
Kyushu drives changes to school rules to ensure freedoms are respected
A substantial number of prefecture-run schools in the region are only now lifting restrictions on the color of students' underwear.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 28, 2021
Record sales of dollar bonds by Japanese prefectures gather steam
In the latest example, Kyushu's Saga Prefecture sold its first note in the U.S. currency on Tuesday, following last weeku2019s issuance of such debt by neighboring Fukuoka Prefecture.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2020
Handheld mask lets users talk and eat without fear of spreading virus
The "table manner mask" consists of a paper handle stapled onto a stringless face mask or a coffee filter paper.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 13, 2020
Sagan Tosu suspends season after coronavirus cluster within organization
Initial results from Saganu2019s PCR tests resulted in the J. Leagueu2019s decision to cancel Wednesday nightu2019s Levain Cup match between Sagan and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2020
GSDF starts deploying controversial Ospreys to Chiba amid safety protests in Saga
The controversial U.S.-made tilt-rotor aircraft are expected to stay at Camp Kisarazu for up to five years before moving to Saga Prefecture.
Jul 7, 2020
Japan FTC slaps aircraft fuel supplier for barring rival
Japan's Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday issued a cease-and-desist order to major aircraft fuel supplier Mainami Aviation Services Co. after the Tokyo-based firm allegedly obstructed a rival from entering the market.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2020
Meteorological Agency issues highest alert for heavy rain for Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Saga
The Meteorological Agency on Monday issued a Level 5 alert for heavy rain, its highest warning, for Nagasaki, Saga and Fukuoka prefectures in Kyushu, urging residents to stay extra vigilant.
Japan Times
Jan 23, 2020
Mayor of Saga town that hosts nuclear plant admits he got cash from firm tied to Kepco scandal
Shintaro Wakiyama said that the money was received days after he was elected, in July 2018, from a then executive of Shiohama Industry Corp.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2019
City in Chiba Prefecture approves provisional Osprey deployment
Kisarazu Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe voiced approval Wednesday for the proposed provisional deployment of the Ground Self-Defense Force's Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft to the Chiba Prefecture city.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves