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In a bureaucratic blunder, a foreign resident was assigned the identity of a completely different person — who had the same name, same nationality and even the same birthday.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 4, 2024
It wasn't me: Similar strangers given same ID in Japan
The two individuals had the same name, same nationality and even the same birthday.
Masafumi Kurisaka shows off a box of luxury Sakura Momo Ichigo strawberries, which can fetch a hefty price at auction.
Apr 15, 2024
Masafumi Kurisaka: 'The fewer the flowers, the bigger the strawberry'
Masafumi Kurisaka turned his back on a corporate job to go into the family business: luxury strawberries that fetch a hefty price.
Hajime Hirota is lifted up after winning the Upper House seat in the Kochi-Tokushima district by election Sunday in the city of Kochi.
Oct 23, 2023
In blow to Kishida, LDP loses one of two seats in by-elections
An independent candidate backed by the opposition won in the Tokushima-Kochi Lower House race, while the LDP pick won in the Nagasaki Upper House poll.
Voters fill out ballots for an Upper House by-election in the Tokushima-Kochi district, in the city of Kochi on Sunday morning.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 22, 2023
Voting kicks off in key parliamentary by-elections
The polls are the first national contests since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revamped his Cabinet last month in a bid to bolster his government.
Voters listen to a speech by a candidate in the Tokushima-Kochi Upper House district in the city of Kochi on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Upcoming by-elections first test of Kishida’s new Cabinet
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces his first electoral test after making Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party leadership changes last month.
Voters listen to a speech by a candidate in the Tokushima-Kochi Upper House district as campaigning kicked off on Thursday for a by-election.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
Campaigning begins for Upper House by-election in western Japan
The Upper House race in the Tokushima-Kochi district kicked off before campaigning for a House of Representatives by-election starts next Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2022
Tokushima town vice speaker arrested over drug probe leak
Kenji Hiraishi was arrested on suspicions of aggravated bribe-taking and violation of confidentiality obligation under the Local Public Service Law.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2022
Russian hackers say Japanese hospital paid $30,000 after ransomware attack
Japanese police have been urging those targeted in ransomware attacks to not pay money demanded of them.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2022
Harassment of female candidates a growing issue in Japanese politics
Despite moves to draw more women to public office, Japan remains far behind other developed countries, in part due to abuse on the campaign trail.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Dec 5, 2021
Tokushima last side to go down after home loss to Hiroshima
The promoted team's defeat ensured it would join the already-relegated Oita Trinita, Vegalta Sendai and Yokohama FC in the J2 next year.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2021
Japan to get world's first operational dual-mode bus and rail vehicle
The vehicles will run on a 50-kilometer course connecting the town of Kaiyo in Tokushima Prefecture and the city of Muroto in Kochi Prefecture, of which 10 km will be on a railway track.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Nov 27, 2021
Tokushima Vortis down mourning Shonan Bellmare to take race to avoid relegation to last day
Tokushima Vortis took the J. League first division's three-way battle to avoid relegation to the final day after a second-half goal secured a 1-0 win over direct rivals Shonan Bellmare.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2021
Mudslide warnings issues with heavy rain set to continue across Japan
The Meteorological Agency has asked people to remain vigilant as the ground in many areas has become saturated due to ongoing downpours since last week.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2021
Susan Mercer’s 15-year quest to educate on pet adoption in Japan
Canadian Susan Mercer founded HEART Tokushima 15 years ago. Amid a rise in pet ownership due to the pandemic, she's asking people to get educated before committing to a new furry friend.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2021
Martin Holman: A pioneer in Japan's puppet theater tradition
Martin Holman knew early on that he had a passion for puppets. What he didn't know, however, is just how far that passion would take him.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 11, 2021
Leandro Damiao scores twice to keep Frontale perfect
Leandro Damiao scored two goals for the second straight game as J. League champions Kawasaki Frontale remained perfect after four rounds with a 2-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Wednesday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 27, 2021
A childhood tradition makes a comeback with yusanbako
Three-tiered lacquered wooden lunch boxes, which originated in Tokushima Prefecture during the late Edo Period (1603-1868), are having a revival thanks to a trio of collaborators.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 24, 2021
J. League gears up for chaotic 2021 season
Japanese soccer's top flight will feature its largest-ever relegation zone as the league aims to rebalance its divisions following last year's pandemic-struck campaign.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 10, 2021
Travel to Kamikatsu for a green epiphany: ‘Zero waste is about knowing yourself’
The INOW program allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in Kamikatsu's renowned zero-waste lifestyle.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Dec 24, 2020
Tokushima hires former Real Madrid youth coach Dani Poyatos as manager
J. League second-division champions Tokushima Vortis on Thursday named Spaniard Dani Poyatos as the Shikoku-based club's new manager ahead of their return to the top flight next season.


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