Tag - tochigi



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.
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.
Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change / Longform
Feb 24, 2024
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves
Rural communities are considering collective relocation as a means to deal with worsening climate disasters.
Tobu Railway started testing biofuel for its coal-fired and diesel-powered locomotives in the tourist area of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, with the aim of cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Feb 11, 2024
Biofuel tested for coal-fired steam locomotives in eastern Japan
The company said it expects to reduce about 150 tons of emissions per year, the same amount emitted by around 50 households.
Damien Veron (center) attempts to gather information on the disappearance of his sister, Tiphaine Veron, in front of Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, last month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
French man suspects foul play in sister's 2018 disappearance
Tiphaine Veron, 41, disappeared on the morning of the second day of her trip to Nikko, with her luggage and passport remaining at her accommodation.
Police search the home of Tatsuya Yasuzumi in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 23, 2023
Man suspected of involvement in teenage girl’s death in Tochigi
Police are looking into how the two became acquainted, with local media reports saying they may have met on social media.
Mount Asahi, in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, is seen from Mount Sanbonyari. The bodies of four elderly hikers were found Saturday morning near a trail on Mount Asahi.
Oct 7, 2023
Four elderly hikers die near mountain trail in eastern Japan
The four, two men and two women, believed to be in their 60s and 70s, are likely to have lost their way on the 1,896-meter peak in the town of Nasu.
The waterfront of Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefercture, the location of some of Hasui Kawase's sketches.
Sep 11, 2023
Fans illuminate lost landscapes through works of late artist
Admirers of artist Hasui Kawase are banding together to raise awareness of the disappearing waterfront landscapes he depicted.
Passengers board Utsunomiya's new tram system near Utsunomiya Station on Saturday.
Aug 26, 2023
Japan's first new tram system in 75 years begins operations
The so-called next-generation tram system in Tochigi Prefecture runs between the east side of Utsunomiya Station and the nearby town of Haga.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 28, 2023
Tochigi Prefecture ordered to pay damages over fatal 2017 avalanche
More than 40 people were caught in the avalanche near a ski resort in the town of Nasu on March 27, 2017, resulting in the deaths of seven students and a teacher.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2023
The secret behind Japan’s wintry strawberries
Strawberries are a major Christmas and winter staple in Japan, but their growth comes with an environmental toll.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2022
Missing French woman's brother in Japan to continue search for sister
The Tochigi Prefectural Police continue investigating the case as a potential criminal incident and an accident.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 19, 2022
LDP heavyweight Toshimitsu Motegi seen as solidifying foothold in his party faction
With approval ratings for the Cabinet plunging, some LDP members speculate that Motegi — regarded by some as a possible successor to Kishida — is trying to increase his presence.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 5, 2022
Canon plans ¥50 billion plant in Tochigi to produce more chipmaking equipment
Construction will begin in Utsunomiya in 2023 and the plant will begin operations in 2025, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Oct 4, 2022
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako restarting regional visits
The imperial couple have considered face-to-face exchanges cautiously due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, but they are beginning to make their way out of Tokyo.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2022
Emperor and empress make first trip outside Tokyo since COVID-19 outbreak
Other than their visit to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, this marked the imperial couple's first trip outside Tokyo since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2022
Emperor to visit Tochigi for National Sports Festival ceremony
It is the first trip to outside of Tokyo by the Imperial couple since the outbreak of COVID-19, having last gone on such a trip two years and eight months ago.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2022
Rock ptarmigans airlifted to Central Alps for Japan's first release from captivity
The endangered birds, known for changing colors in line with the seasons, are designated as a special natural monument.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2022
A ‘killing stone’ broke in Japan. Is a demon on the loose?
The rock appears in a famous legend starring a nine-tailed fox spirit. The question now is whether the fracture was a good or bad omen.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2022
Tiger attacks three staff members at Japan safari park; one loses hand
The police are investigating if there were any safety flaws at the Tochigi park after its operator said it had failed to confirm that the tiger was in its enclosure the previous day.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals