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A site near Lake Hamana in Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture, where a teenager's body was found
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2024
Five arrested over death of teenager in Japan lake
The body of a 17-year-old boy with Chinese nationality was found in a central Japan lake earlier this month.
Mount Fuji's Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture crowded with hikers on Sept. 2. Shizuoka Prefecture has decided to restrict entrance to trails on the mountain during evenings from this summer, following a similar move by Yamanashi.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 14, 2024
Shizuoka joins Yamanashi Prefecture to restrict night climbing on Mt. Fuji
The measure aims to prevent unsafe attempts to scale Japan's tallest mountain for sunrise in one go without sleeping overnight.
A site near Lake Hamana in Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture, where a boy's body was found
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 14, 2024
Body of 17-year-old boy found in central lake; murder suspected
Prefectural police have set up a special team to investigate the suspected murder.
The summit of Mount Fuji in October. An eruption of the volcano could bring immediate, immeasurable damage to parts of Japan.
Jan 14, 2024
Avoiding a catastrophe if Mount Fuji erupts after major quake
Drills have shown that such a double disaster could prove catastrophic for parts of Japan.
Packages of tofu on the production line at the Yamami factory in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 18, 2023
Tofu-maker Yamami sees shares surge after automating ancient craft
At its newest factory at the foot of Mount Fuji, the company, one of the few that’s listed, can produce 15,000 units of the bean curd each hour.
U.S. President Joe Biden hugs Brittany Alkonis, wife of Lt. Ridge Alkonis, on the day of the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Feb. 7.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 15, 2023
U.S. Navy officer jailed in Japan transferred to U.S. custody
Lt. Ridge Alkonis has been serving a three-year prison term since being convicted of negligent driving over a fatal car crash.
The maglev shinkansen line was originally scheduled for opening in 2027.
Dec 15, 2023
JR Central changes opening date of maglev shinkansen line
The line will open "no earlier than 2027" due to uncertainties over when drilling works for a tunnel in Shizuoka Prefecture can commence.
Hideko Hakamata (front, second from left) and lawyers head to the Shizuoka District Court on Friday for the first hearing of the retrial of Hakamata's brother Iwao, who spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Man accused of 1966 quadruple murder is innocent, sister says
Iwao Hakamata, 87, spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
Police investigate around the site where a car driven by an elderly driver hit three elementary school children in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Thursday.
Oct 26, 2023
Elderly motorist hits elementary school students in Shizuoka
The man was arrested at the scene for alleged negligent driving resulting in injury.
Gen Suzuki (center) and his defense team before entering the Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka Family Court in October
Oct 12, 2023
Requiring surgery for gender change unconstitutional: court
A Japanese court has said that a law requiring surgery to switch genders on a family registry is unconstitutional.
The first snow of the season is spotted on the peak of Mount Fuji on Thursday.
Oct 5, 2023
Mount Fuji gets first winter snowcap, five days later than in '22
The local observatory said snowfall was brought by clouds hovering over the peak due to a low-pressure system from late Tuesday night.
The idea of renting a library bookshelf has proved popular in some areas.
Oct 3, 2023
Libraries with individually owned bookshelves spreading in Japan
Such libraries are helping revitalize local communities by creating a place where people can mingle through events.
Iwao Hakamata and his elder sister Hideko are pictured at his home in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
First hearing for 1966 murder retrial in Japan set for Oct. 27
Iwao Hakamata spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
Two patients were fatally stabbed at a hospital in in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Two patients fatally stabbed by family member at Shizuoka hospital
Kenichi Saito's wife, Chizuko, 72, and daughter Seiko, 40, had been hospitalized in separate rooms on the same floor.
Visitors climb the slopes of Mount Fuji on Aug. 31. The mountain has long been a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2023
Tourists have returned to Mount Fuji. Is that sustainable?
A spike in visitors has created various challenges, including overcrowding, littering, strained infrastructure and a shortage of guides and rescue teams.
Police at the scene where a car plowed into festival-goers in the city of Shizuoka on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 12, 2023
Three injured after car plows into festival venue in Shizuoka
All of the injured people are conscious, according to Shizuoka Prefectural Police, who arrested a suspect at the scene.
Yamanashi Prefecture will work with police to restrict the number of hikers who can use a route to climb to the summit of Mount Fuji if it becomes dangerous from overcrowding.
Aug 10, 2023
Mount Fuji trail use to be restricted when overcrowded
The Yoshida Trail, located on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of the mountain, will become subject to limits from the 5th station.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 10, 2023
Shizuoka prosecutors to push for guilty verdict in Hakamata retrial
Prosecutors have said they plan to argue that the March retrial decision by the Tokyo High Court was “groundless.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2023
Prosecutors to seek conviction at retrial of Iwao Hakamata over 1966 murder
The move comes despite the prosecutors" decision not to appeal a high court order in March that granted a retrial, laying the ground for his exoneration.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation