Tag - shiga



An employee at Otsuka Foods has filed a damages suit against the company with the Otsu District Court in Shiga Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 14, 2024
Otsuka Foods whistleblower sues company for work-related depression
The man has claimed he suffered from depression after being reassigned and given little work following a report over the company's alleged wrongdoing.
Increasingly denuded areas can be seen on the slopes of Mount Ibuki in Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture, on April 10.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
May 13, 2024
Deer cause damage to Mount Ibuki, known for its rare alpine flowers
As the amount of snowfall has decreased, affected by global warming, the number of deer has increased.
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.
Tourists in Tokyo's Asakusa district ditch their jackets amid unseasonably warm temperatures in the capital and across Japan on Thursday.
Feb 18, 2024
Preparing for the hottest year Japan has ever seen
In 2023, summer heat persisted across Japan well into the fall. Predictions by scientists indicate 2024 could be even worse.
The streets of disaster-hit Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture on Wednesday
Jan 24, 2024
Quake-hit Noto and Sea of Japan coast face heavy snowfall
Authorities have warned of possible road closures and the suspension of public transportation due to icy roads and snow.
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.
Japan Times
May 18, 2023
Shiga Prefecture hopes Austria-shaped Lake Biwa can create tourism splash
Lake Biwa is one of the world's oldest lakes, with a surface area of 670 square kilometers and rich biodiversity of around 1,100 or more species of animals and plants.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2023
Japan's largest lake used to be a cesspool. Now it’s a vision of a sustainable future.
Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, has long been a center of flourishing agriculture and cultural progress, but it's also been at the center of countless environmental crises.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2023
Traffic resumes on western Japan highway after snow disruption
Vehicles had formed several traffic jams stretching up to 34.5 kilometers on the Shin-Meishin Expressway.
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
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 12, 2022
Sower: Crafting rural Lake Biwa into a culinary destination
'Eating is one of the most intimate ways you can share ideas with someone,' says chef Coleman Griffin. 'More than music, more than visual arts.'
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2022
Japanese inn retracts ban on Russians and Belarusians at urging of local officials
The inn, located in Shiga Prefecture, admitted that rejecting guests from the two countries was the wrong way to denounce Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 17, 2022
Abuse of over-the-counter drugs surges among young people in Japan
As more people turn to addictive medications readily available at drugstores to ease their mental suffering, experts are sounding the alarm.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2021
Record snowfall hits western Japan, causing delays
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno urged residents in the affected areas to stay in as much as possible, saying further traffic disruptions may occur.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2021
Two arrested for abducting Kyoto high schooler who was later found dead
The man, Koshiro Irie, and woman, Emu Kinjo, are suspected of luring Sena Shinohara, 19, over the phone on Saturday from Kyoto Prefecture to Irie's house in Shiga Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Dec 6, 2021
A dramatic shift: Subject teachers in Japan's grade schools
The plan may improve teacher effectiveness and ease students' transition to junior high, but some schools don't have the resources to pull it off.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 11, 2021
Panasonic pioneering hydrogen power to fuel factories worldwide
The Japanese firm intends to commercialize system used at its own fuel-cell plant, which will combine hydrogen energy with solar, by fiscal 2023.
Japan Times
May 12, 2021
100-year-old Japanese recovers from COVID-19, says positivity is key
Ito tested positive for coronavirus on Jan. 10 and was admitted to a medical center in Shiga Prefecture the following day.
Japan Times
JAPAN / View from Osaka
Jan 16, 2021
Kansai's 2030 vision is to think like a penguin
Kansai Economic Federation, which includes some of Kansai's largest and most influential firms, hopes to tap patrons with the spirit of a “first penguin” to revive the region's fortunes.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2020
Bird flu confirmed in Shiga, 10th prefecture this year
The ministry of agriculture held a meeting on epidemic prevention measures Sunday with officials pledging to support the Shiga government in tackling the bird flu outbreak.


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