Tag - tohoku



Blue sheets cover snow huts to protect them from the rain during an annual festival in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, on Thursday.
Feb 17, 2024
Unusually warm weather in northern Japan puts damper on winter events
The Meteorological Agency has also forecast temperatures in early March to likely be higher than usual.
An Ito Yokado store in the city of Fukushima. As part of its structural reform, Ito-Yokado will focus on urban areas including the Tokyo metropolitan area.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 10, 2024
Struggling unit of 7-Eleven's parent company to exit central and northern Japan
The Seven & I Holdings unit will close five of its 17 stores in the regions and hand over 11 to other supermarket operators.
Masanao Saito harvests his mikan tangerines with his grandson, Akihito Oyama, at his farm in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 8. Behind them are apple trees full of fruit.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Feb 5, 2024
How fruit farmers in Tohoku are coping with climate change
Last year, extreme heat dubbed the "boiling Earth" phenomenon hit the region’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries hard.
A photo shows a section of the Michinoku Coastal Trail in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture.
LIFE / Travel
Jan 31, 2024
1,000-kilometer nature trek helping Tohoku once again hit its stride
An area struck by disaster and rich in nature pins its hope on good reviews overseas to get the tourism sector thriving.
A wild bear spotted in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, in October 2022
Jan 15, 2024
Japan to bolster measures against bears waking up from hibernation
Each prefecture will be given ¥3 million to ¥5 million in financial resources to help with the measures.
Yuki Matsui said the presence of Yu Darvish was a big factor in his decision to join the Padres.
Jan 10, 2024
Matsui says Darvish was a big factor in Padres choice
At a news conference, Matsui also vowed to help his team beat Shohei Ohtani's Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the National League West title.
A book of letters from Japanese students thanking the United States for its support after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake
JAPAN / History
Jan 2, 2024
Student letters from 1923 quake preserved by kin of U.S. president
The letters were written in English by students from disaster-affected areas and elsewhere in Japan.
Tokyo is the only prefecture whose population is projected to grow from 2020 to 2050, increasing 2.5% to 14.40 million.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 24, 2023
Only Tokyo is expected to see population growth in Japan
Eleven prefectures will each see their population shrink by over 30% amid a falling birthrate.
Japanese left-handed reliever Yuki Matsui is nearing a multiyear agreement with the San Diego Padres, MLB.com reported Tuesday, citing a source.
Dec 20, 2023
Reliever Matsui close to agreement with Padres, report says
The 28-year-old has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League.
Overseas fish buyers participating in a business tour organized by the Japan External Trade Organization visit a fish market in the city of Aomori on Monday.
Dec 4, 2023
Overseas fish buyers begin business trip in Japan
JETRO organized the tour to help fishery business operators find alternative buyers in the wake of China's ban on Japanese marine products.
Fans watch the Rakuten Eagles' season-opening game against the Lotte Marines on March 25, 2022, at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi in Sendai.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 1, 2023
Star pitcher Tanaka apologizes for not stopping bullying
In a post on social media site X, the 35-year-old Tanaka said he should done more to exert a positive influence inside the clubhouse.
Masayuki Morii, president of the Pacific League's Rakuten Eagles, speaks at a new conference in Sendai on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 1, 2023
Eagles to release pitcher Anraku over workplace abuse
Multiple Eagles players said they testified to the team regarding the 27-year-old's abusive behavior toward a number of younger players.
A research has found that hexaraphane — a component found in wasabi — helps improve the episodic and working memories of elderly people.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 26, 2023
Wasabi effective in improving memory of elderly: study
In addition to known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, new research indicates improvements in episodic and working memories.
Yuki Matsui has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Nov 9, 2023
Eagles closer Yuki Matsui set to test MLB free agent market
The 28-year-old has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Sendai-based club.
A Japanese research team has identified three genetically distinct populations of the Japanese honeybee.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 16, 2023
Three genetically distinct groups found for Japanese honeybee
Temperature rises caused by global warming could lead to a decline in the species.
Toshiaki Imae is one of the candidates to manage the Eagles next season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 13, 2023
Toshiaki Imae among candidates to become Eagles' next manager
Imae spent the last four seasons of his 18-year career with the Sendai-based Eagles.
The Eagles' Yuki Matsui has 236 career NPB saves.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 12, 2023
Eagles closer Yuki Matsui interested in MLB move
Matsui is apparently open to offers both in Japan and overseas.
Hisanori Yasuda (right) returns to the Lotte bench after his fourth-inning solo home run against Rakuten in Sendai on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 11, 2023
Marines clinch playoffs and eliminate Eagles in do-or-die game
Marines skipper Masato Yoshii credited his players for maintaining their focus down the stretch of a tough playoff race.
Firefighters arrive at Sendai Station following the report of a possible chemical leak inside a train on Monday.
Oct 9, 2023
Chemical leak injures four passengers on Tohoku Shinkansen
JR East staff confirmed something like smoke was rising from one of the cars and passengers were asked to evacuate.
Hawks pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (right) celebrates after picking up the win against the Eagles in Fukuoka on Tuesday.
Oct 4, 2023
Veteran Tsuyoshi Wada leads Hawks past Eagles to brink of playoffs
The loss leaves the Eagles a half-game back from the third and final playoff berth.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves