Tag - saitama



The taxi in which the driver was shot and injured late Wednesday night in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 30, 2024
Police hunt for man who shot cab driver in Saitama
The suspect, in his 50s or 60s, was wearing a black cap, glasses, a white mask, a black short-sleeved shirt and long pants when he shot the driver.
A Towa Bank employee's suicide in 2017 has been recognized as a work-related accident.
JAPAN / Society
May 8, 2024
Towa Bank employee suicide linked to overwork and harassment
Findings from the Labor Standards Inspection Office showed the man was under extreme stress due to unmanageable work pressures.
Much like other hot spots across Okinawa, Onna has diligently strived to captivate both domestic and international tourists, while at the same time grappling with the environmental strain induced by the influx of visitors.
May 5, 2024
As visitors surge, Japan seeks ways to make tourism eco-friendly
A record tourism boom has raised concerns over the enormous stress visitors put on the environment.
Customs officials at Narita Airport discovered stimulants inside a conveyor belt roller that was shipped from Mexico to Japan in June last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 23, 2024
Six arrested on suspicion of smuggling stimulants
The suspects, including a senior figure in a crime syndicate in Saitama Prefecture, allegedly hid some 15 kilograms of drugs inside a conveyor belt roller.
A map from the Japan Meteorological Agency displays the shindo intensity of the quake that struck the Kanto region at 9:08 a.m. on Thursday.
Mar 21, 2024
Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Saitama and Tochigi
The quake, which triggered quake alarms in Tokyo and neighboring areas, measured a low 5 on the Japanese shindo scale of intensity.
Kyohei Yamasawa scores a try for the Wild Knights during the team's 36-24 win over Brave Lupus on Saturday at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
Mar 9, 2024
Wild Knights beat Brave Lupus in blockbuster League One clash
A 4-3 try-scoring advantage and four penalties from playmaker Rikiya Matsuda helped the Wild Knights hand the first loss of the campaign to Brave Lupus.
Japan is aiming to reverse the trend of people marrying later in life, or not at all, as depopulation progresses throughout the country.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2024
AI plays cupid as Japanese authorities try to boost marriage rate
Some systems being used recommend partners based on an applicant's internet browsing history.
Brave Lupus flanker Takeshi Sasaki scores a try against the Yokohama Eagles on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo.
Feb 24, 2024
Brave Lupus handcuff Eagles to extend unbeaten run to seven games
The Tokyo squad notched its seventh straight win to stay hot on the heels of the only other unblemished side, the Saitama Wild Knights.
Feb 1, 2024
League One expands with three new teams starting with 2024-25 season
Japan Rugby League One on Wednesday announced the entry of three new teams as part of an expanded competition from next season.
An electron microscopic image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virus particles.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 13, 2023
Japan confirms first death from mpox in country
Japan's first case of mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, was confirmed in July last year.
Police officers prepare to storm Hiroshi Watanabe's house in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 28, 2022, amid a standoff.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2023
Life term given to man over killing of doctor in Saitama standoff
Presiding Judge Kenji Koike ruled that Hiroshi Watanabe, who was charged with killing 44-year-old Junichi Suzuki with a shotgun, had an intention to kill.
Lawyers representing a consumer advocacy group speak to reporters on Wednesday after filing a cease and desist lawsuit against online travel agency Agoda.
Dec 7, 2023
Saitama consumer group files lawsuit against travel agency Agoda
The group said the firm’s terms of service that limit it from being liable for compensation violate consumer protection laws.
Japan hooker Shota Horie carries the ball in a match against Russia in the pool stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Dec 6, 2023
Dreadlocked Japanese fan favorite Horie to retire from rugby
The 37-year-old hooker, instantly recognizable for his long dreadlocks tied up in bunches, has won 76 caps for Japan and is a crowd favorite.
Police officers examine the area around Hiroshi Watanabe's home in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 28, 2022, after an 11-hour standoff.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 28, 2023
Life term sought for man over killing of doctor in Saitama standoff
According to the indictment, Hiroshi Watanabe fatally shot the doctor and severely injured a physiotherapist in his 40s.
The Saitama leader of a rebellion (Gackt, center) decides to unite the citizens of his home prefecture by creating a sea and beach for the area in “Fly Me to the Saitama II.”
Nov 16, 2023
‘Fly Me to the Saitama II’: Silliness abounds but the laughs do not
Hideki Takeuchi’s sequel to his award-winning hit comedy treads familiar and ridiculous ground, but it’s just not as funny as the first film.
According to a local fire department in Saitama Prefecture, paramedics parked an ambulance at a hospital to move a patient inside but found the vehicle missing when they returned.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 12, 2023
Man arrested for allegedly stealing ambulance from hospital near Tokyo
Paramedics parked the ambulance at the hospital to move a patient inside but found the vehicle missing when they returned.
Yuzuru Hanyu performs at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday in his first show since announcing his marriage in the summer.
MORE SPORTS / Figure skating
Nov 5, 2023
Yuzuru Hanyu performs for first time since marriage
The two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist kicked off his first solo ice show tour Saturday in Saitama.
The front entrance gate leading to the former Ashigakubo Elementary School in Yokose, Saitama Prefecture. The school, which was more than a century old, was forced to close in 2009.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 5, 2023
School's out forever in aging Japan
As the number of children in Japan decreases, public money has been made available to help municipalities repurpose old schools.
A post office in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, on Wednesday, a day after a man barricaded himself inside with a firearm.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 1, 2023
Elderly Saitama hostage-taker had 'grudge' against post office
The 86-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting into a hospital in Saitama Prefecture and taking hostages at a post office.
Tsuneo Suzuki (center), the suspect arrested after a police raid of a post office in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, on Tuesday, is taken to a police station in the prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 31, 2023
Shooting suspect arrested after police raid Saitama post office
Two men were injured in the shooting at a hospital, while two female staff members of the post office were said to be unharmed.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan