4 Killed, 1 Unaccounted For In Apartment Fire In Northeastern Japan

4 killed, 1 unaccounted for in apartment fire in northeastern Japan

AKITA, Japan (Kyodo) -- At least four people died and another resident was unaccounted for after a fire engulfed a wooden apartment building in northeastern Japan early Tuesday, police and firefighters said.

Ten of the 25 male residents of the two-story building in the city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture were injured in the fire that started around 1 a.m., the police said.

Families Worry About Lingering Daycare Shortage In Japan

Families worry about lingering daycare shortage in Japan

It's not all happiness for one mother expecting her second child -- she frets about finding daycare for the coming baby.

"I'm worried about whether I'll be able to find a slot by the time I return to work," the 34-year-old office worker said as she played with her 6-year-old son in a park in the southwestern Japanese city of Oita.

3 Killed, 2 Unaccounted For In Apartment Fire In Northeastern Japan

3 killed, 2 unaccounted for in apartment fire in northeastern Japan

At least three people were killed and two others remain unaccounted for after a fire engulfed an apartment building in the northeastern Japanese prefecture of Akita early Tuesday, police and firefighters said.

Of the 25 residents of the building in the city of Yokote, 20 were contacted after the fire, which started around 1 a.m. and left 10 people injured, the police said. The residents are aged between their 40s and 60s.

Rugby: Japan To Sell Ticket Incl. Kangaroo Steak For Wallabies Match

Rugby: Japan to sell ticket incl. kangaroo steak for Wallabies match

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced a unique ticket package for the November test match against Australia -- 50 tickets that come with a 300 gram steak of kangaroo meat.

Priced at 6,000 yen per ticket, the package will go on sale Sept. 2 for the Nov. 4 game versus the Wallabies at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium, the venue of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. The dish will be made by a renowned chef, the JRFU said.

Japan Foreign Minister To Visit Mozambique, Ethiopia

Japan foreign minister to visit Mozambique, Ethiopia

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is scheduled to visit Africa for five days from Wednesday to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of a Tokyo-led African development conference in the capital of Mozambique, his ministry said Monday.

After joining the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Maputo through Friday, Kono is slated to make a trip to Ethiopia to meet on Sunday with officials of the African Union, whose headquarters are located in the country.

Nintendo Switch Owners In Japan Are Reporting Warped Consoles

Nintendo Switch Owners In Japan Are Reporting Warped Consoles

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The dock of the Nintendo Switch is meant to house the console when playing at home, recharging it (and the Joy-Cons), and also to let it hook up to a TV. With the dock performing so many functions, you would think that Nintendo would have designed it better, but ever since its launch we have heard reports of how the dock is scratching the display and also how it is warping the console.

$300 Hand-built Lexus Lc 500 Diecast Model Available In Japan

$300 Hand-Built Lexus LC 500 Diecast Model Available in Japan

It turns out AutoArt will not be the only company to produce a diecast model of the Lexus LC, as the Make Up Company of Japan have just announced their plans to manufacture a right hand drive 1:43 scale LC coupe.

Make Up have built a solid reputation for meticulously crafted hand built models with the utmost of detail. Their cars are made in small numbers and at premium cost.

Businesses Look To Attract More Foreign Tourists To Rural Japan

Businesses look to attract more foreign tourists to rural Japan

Some Japanese financial institutions and other businesses are collaborating with local municipalities to attract more foreign visitors to rural Japan by offering unique tours and useful information.

In one such tour last year organized by Japanese credit card company JCB Co., local banks and the local government, about 30 travelers from Taiwan visited a local fishermen's cooperative near a bay in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, to sample fresh sashimi.

Japan To Introduce New Missile Defense System

Japan to introduce new missile defense system

Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to consider introducing a new US-made missile defense system known as "Aegis Ashore" in light of progress in North Korea's missile development.

Japan is prepared for North Korea's possible launches of ballistic missiles by deploying a destroyer equipped with the Aegis advanced radar system and PAC3 interceptor missile units. The Aegis advanced radar system is designed to intercept a missile outside the atmosphere and a land-based PAC 3 system is capable of intercepting a missile entering the atmosphere.

New Us Ambassador To Japan Releases Video Message

New US ambassador to Japan releases video message

The new US ambassador to Japan has stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship between the nations in a video message released before his arrival in Tokyo.

William Hagerty posted the 2-and-a-half-minute message to the US Embassy website from his home in the US state of Tennessee.

Japan-us Joint Exercise Opened To Media

Japan-US joint exercise opened to media

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and US Marines have opened their joint exercises in Hokkaido, northern Japan, to the media.

The exercises began last week at 3 drill sites of the Ground-Self Defense Force, with 3,300 Japanese and US personnel taking part.