National Jan 14, 2016

Government eyes transfer of two agencies' functions to prefectures

Some functions within the Cultural Affairs Agency and Consumer Affairs Agency could be relocated to Kyoto and Tokushima prefectures, respectively, under a government plan to be finalized in March, sources said. Officials representing both agencies and local governments will discuss details later this month, including ...

National Feb 6, 2015

Magnitude 5 quake jolts Shikoku

An earthquake in Shikoku with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 shook Tokushima Prefecture on Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at 10:25 a.m. and originated in the south of Tokushima at a depth of around 10 km. It registered upper-5 on the ...

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

National Dec 9, 2014

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

All inhabitants of towns in Tokushima Prefecture cut off by last weekend's heavy snowfall are safe, officials said Tuesday after intensive efforts to reach residents. But rescue teams remained unable to clear the roads to some areas. Roughly 120 households — about 200 people — ...

National Jun 3, 2014

Awa Odori dancers bound for Paris

Dozens of Japanese folk dancers will perform the traditional Awa Odori in Paris next year as part of efforts to promote Japanese culture overseas, organizers say. It is believed to be the first planned performance in France of the weaving dance, which is native to ...

Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

National Apr 9, 2014

Anti-Korean sign discovered on popular pilgrim trail

A xenophobic notice calling for the exclusion of foreigners was discovered Wednesday on the route of a popular 88-temple walking course known as "Shikoku Henro" on Shikoku. The sign, found glued at a rest station in the city of Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Prefecture, read, "Let us ...

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2013

Kyoto books place in J1 playoff final

by Gus Fielding

Kyoto Sanga got the result they needed to advance to the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division after a 0-0 draw at home to V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday. Kyoto, who finished third in J2 this season, only had to avoid defeat ...

National Jul 6, 2003

Two held in ¥4.4 million yen 'Ore' scam

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of swindling two Tokushima Prefecture women out of a total of 4.4 million yen by posing as acquaintances, the police said Saturday. The police also suspect the two have been involved in several hundred similar cases in other ...