Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

Travel Jun 13, 2015

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

by Mandy Bartok

Three meters above my head, the rectangular offering box of Motonosumi Inari Shrine seems impossibly out of my reach. For the 23rd time, I wind back my arm and attempt to lob my chosen donation between the narrow slats. For the 23rd time, the ...

National Jun 12, 2015

Environment minister says coal plant approval is problematic

The need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of a strategy for this makes it hard to approve a new coal-fired power plant planned by a venture between Osaka Gas Co. and Electric Power Development Co., Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Friday. The ...

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

National Feb 16, 2015

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

The nation's oldest captive tiger has died of natural causes at an animal park at the age of 22, or equivalent to more than 90 human years, a park official said. The female tiger, who was called "Meru," was born in May 1992 at the ...

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

National Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through the state-sponsored ...

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

National Jul 28, 2013

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Parts of western Japan were deluged by rain early Sunday, triggering mudslides and floods that left at least two people missing in Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. The storm prompted the weather agency to warn that "some areas are seeing unprecedentedly heavy rains" and to tell ...

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

National Jul 26, 2013

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

Police arrest a 63-year-old man in connection with the slaying of five people and the torching of two of their homes in the hamlet of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2013

Myth of the 'virtuous' worker

Professor Dipak Basu is a shining example of someone who expresses his views on a variety of topics seemingly from his soul, and I respect him for that. He brings his faith into his arguments while casting the odd aspersion on "Western Christianity." He ...