/ Jul 19, 2017

Ex-teacher gets three years prison in child pornography case

The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday sentenced a former elementary school teacher to three years in prison on sexual abuse and child pornography charges. Akira Hashimoto, a 45-year-old resident of Tachikawa, in western Tokyo, sexually abused an 11-year-old boy at a condominium in Shizuoka Prefecture ...

Kawakatsu cruises to third term in Shizuoka gubernatorial election

/ Jun 26, 2017

Kawakatsu cruises to third term in Shizuoka gubernatorial election

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu won a third four-year term Sunday, beating Olympic judo silver medalist Noriko Mizoguchi, the local election board said. The 68-year-old independent enjoyed a comfortable lead throughout the campaign and was supported by the prefectural chapter of the opposition Democratic Party and ...

Bids sought for '66 locomotive but delivery not included

Mar 26, 2017

Bids sought for '66 locomotive but delivery not included

A small railway business in Shizuoka Prefecture is looking for an entity or an individual interested in buying a retired, non-working electric locomotive as a display piece. The 11-meter-long, 40-ton ED403 locomotive was built in 1966 by Nippon Sharyo Ltd., and despite the size of ...

/ Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan's June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto's Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko Stadium ...

Jan 16, 2017

Boatmen found guilty over 2011 fatal capsizing on Shizuoka river

A court found two boatmen and a tour company safety manager guilty Monday over a 2011 accident on the Tenryu River in Hamamatsu, saying they should have foreseen the capsizing that claimed five lives on the Shizuoka Prefecture waterway. Ruling on the incident that led ...