Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

National Feb 10, 2017

Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

Heavy snow plastered much of the Sea of Japan coast on Friday as a cold wave hit the archipelago, disrupting transportation and causing power outages. The Meteorological Agency warned the snowfall could continue through Sunday and spread to the Pacific coast. In Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture, around ...

Heavy snow traps over 300 vehicles in western Japan

National Jan 24, 2017

Heavy snow traps over 300 vehicles in western Japan

More than 300 vehicles were stranded in the snow early Tuesday on highways and major roads along the Sea of Japan coast, prompting a request for troops to help with rescue efforts. Roughly 200 vehicles were held up on National Route 373 in the town ...

Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

National Dec 14, 2016

Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

A green turtle that was saved after being trapped in a fishing net earlier this month has been a popular draw at a museum in Tottori Prefecture. The female turtle, 60 cm in length and believed to be 10 years old or younger, will be ...

Household debris in wake of Tottori quake posing municipal headaches

National Oct 25, 2016

Household debris in wake of Tottori quake posing municipal headaches

Broken furniture and other household debris are piling up in the wake of Friday's magnitude-6.6 earthquake in Tottori Prefecture, and municipal governments are struggling to deal with the mess. Residents have been leaving broken electronic appliances at temporary waste disposal sites despite government requests not ...

Younger students attend school in quake-hit Tottori Prefecture

National Oct 24, 2016

Younger students attend school in quake-hit Tottori Prefecture

Elementary and junior high schools in Tottori Prefecture opened as normal Monday following Friday's magnitude-6.6 earthquake, but some prefecture-run high schools were closed. The Meteorological Agency has called on the public to stay alert as seismic activity is still continuing in the area. In Kurayoshi, one ...

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

National Nov 26, 2015

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

A 5-year-old girl has become the youngest expert on Japan's yokai, a world of ghosts and other supernatural beings, according to the test organizers in the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, where famous yokai manga artist Shigeru Mizuki comes from. Mana Umemoto, from the city ...

National Oct 19, 2015

Tottori rocked by spate of quakes

A series of earthquakes registering 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 shook Tottori Prefecture on Sunday, raising fears among local residents. The first quake hit at 8:30 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2, followed by a temblor at 8:36 a.m. with ...