National / Politics Mar 13, 2017

Abe ally elected mayor in Yamaguchi, beating incumbent

A former secretary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected mayor of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Sunday, beating the incumbent and another contender. Shintaro Maeda, 40, backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and running for the first time, prevailed over Mayor Tomoaki Nakao, 67, and ...

Defanged whaling fleet sets sail on Antarctic survey

National Jan 8, 2015

Defanged whaling fleet sets sail on Antarctic survey

Two Fisheries Agency ships left for the Antarctic Ocean on Thursday to survey whale stocks in place of an annual cull that the International Court of Justice halted last year. The fleet departed from Shimonoseki port in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Thursday. Through March, scientists will record ...

National Aug 15, 2014

Snake zapped; 4,900 Shimonoseki households hit by blackout

About 4,900 households have been hit by blackouts in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as a snake climbed up an electric pole and came in contact with a wire, Chugoku Electric Power Co. said Thursday. A utility worker found a 1-meter-long dead snake hanging from a 10-meter-high ...

Japan's research whaling fleet leaves for Antarctic

National Dec 7, 2013

Japan's research whaling fleet leaves for Antarctic

Three ships have left Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to join the mother vessel Nisshin Maru and hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and 50 fin whales through March. The Fisheries Agency had kept secret the departure date of the whaling fleet as a precaution against ...

Whalers return with smallest haul

National Apr 9, 2013

Whalers return with smallest haul

The three-ship whaling fleet led by the Nisshin Maru has returned to the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, after completing this season's hunt in the Antarctic. Multiple dents were visible on the bow and hull of the Nisshin Maru, which collided with vessels of the ...

Three hanged in first executions in Japan since 2010

National Mar 30, 2012

Three hanged in first executions in Japan since 2010

by Minoru Matsutani

Three inmates were hanged Thursday, in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, in the country's first executions since July 2010. Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa, the first of the past six justice ministers to tacitly support capital punishment, signed off on the three executions Thursday morning. "I just performed ...

National Jul 12, 2008

Shimonoseki mass killer's death penalty stands

The Supreme Court turned down an appeal Friday by a 44-year-old man who had been sentenced to death for a vehicle and stabbing rampage in 1999 at a train station in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, that killed five people and left 10 others wounded. The top ...