Exhibits To Be Removed From Aichi Art Festival

Exhibits to be removed from Aichi art festival

The organizing committee of an ongoing international art festival in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, says exhibits in a section themed "Deprivation of Freedom of Expression" will be removed because of threats.

The prefectural office, which is acting as a secretariat for the Aichi Triennale Arts Festival, has received critical opinions about the section, in which a statue of a girl symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women, was being displayed.

Emperor Naruhito To Visit Aichi In June

Emperor Naruhito to visit Aichi in June

Japanese Emperor Naruhito is to make a two-day visit to Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in June, to attend an annual tree-planting ceremony.

This will be his first official visit outside the capital Tokyo since acceding to the throne on May 1.

White Rhinos Find Refuge In Aichi Following Rescue By Park Rangers

White rhinos find refuge in Aichi following rescue by park rangers

TOYOHASHI, Aichi Prefecture--Two South African white rhinos who escaped poachers who killed their mothers have found a new home here, playing a part in an anti-poaching movement.

"Tandy! Tom! Come over here!" Hidekazu Ohashi, a staff member at the Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park, beckoned the pair toward him. The rhinos, each weighing more than two tons, slowly approached him as soon as they heard their names being called.

30,000 Elderly In Aichi May Lose Drivers' Permits

30,000 elderly in Aichi may lose drivers' permits

Police in Aichi Prefecture estimate as many as 30,000 elderly drivers may not be able to get their licenses renewed before they expire. This is due to long queues of senior citizens waiting for a mandatory drivers' workshop.

Experts are warning that similar problems will likely occur in other prefectures and are calling on the government to review the system.

New Swine Fever Outbreak Confirmed In Aichi

New swine fever outbreak confirmed in Aichi

A new outbreak of swine fever was confirmed on Thursday at a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

The farm in Tahara City is next to a pig-rearing facility where an outbreak of swine fever was confirmed on Wednesday.

Third Outbreak Of Swine Fever Confirmed In Aichi

Third outbreak of swine fever confirmed in Aichi

A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease.

Aichi officials announced on Wednesday that hogs on a farm in Tahara City tested positive for the disease. They were testing the animals after the farmer reported the day before that some piglets had died.

Aichi To Consider Revising Swine Fever Checks

Aichi to consider revising swine fever checks

Officials in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan say they don't see any problem with their initial decision not to limit shipments of pigs from a farm where an outbreak of swine fever was later confirmed. But they plan to consider revising their inspection methods to check for the disease.

The officials made the remarks on Thursday, following the confirmation of swine fever infections on Wednesday at a farm in Toyota City and another in Tahara City in the same prefecture. Infections have also been confirmed at four rearing facilities that received shipments from the farm in Toyota. They include facilities in Gifu and Nagano prefectures. Cases of the disease have now been reported in five prefectures.

Pig Cull Underway In Aichi, Nagano

Pig cull underway in Aichi, Nagano

A cull of pigs has been going on around the clock at two farms in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, following outbreaks of swine fever.

The disease, which is highly contagious and usually fatal for swine, was detected on Wednesday at farms in Toyota City and Tahara City. Both farms have the same operator.

Perfume Cafe To Open In Tokyo, Osaka, And Aichi For A Limited Time

Perfume cafe to open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi for a limited time

Perfume is getting ready to release their new album "Future Pop" on August 15. In commemoration, a collaboration cafe called 'Perfume Future Pop Cafe' will open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi for a limited time from August 11. 

The cafe locations are SUZU CAFE ‐jingumae‐ in Harajuku (Tokyo), Amelie cafe Nagoya Parco Store in Nagoya (Aichi), and W CAFE in Shinsaibashi (Osaka). In addition to decorations derived from the album tracks, there will a collaboration menu inspired by the album. The menu will include dishes that utilize ingredients produced in Perfume's hometown of Hiroshima as well as dishes that look like the album's jacket covers. Those who order from the collaboration menu will receive an original luncheon mat or coaster. 

Ske48 To Hold A Solo Live At Aichi Lagunasia

SKE48 to hold a solo live at Aichi LAGUNASIA

SKE48 will hold an outdoors live called 'SKE48 LIVE in LAGUNA' on October 14 at LAGUNASIA located inside of LAGUNA TEN BOSCH in Aichi. 

The upcoming show will be a solo concert for the group. Fans can look forward to what kind of performance they will present at the outdoors venue. Advance ticket sales will start on August 9 at 12:00 noon via E-Plus. 

Birthplace Of Toyota Vehicles To Open To Public In Aichi In July

Birthplace of Toyota vehicles to open to public in Aichi in July

KARIYA, Aichi Prefecture--Rescued from demolition, a wooden factory building where Toyota Motor Corp. founder Kiichiro Toyoda built his first passenger car prototype in 1935, will open to the public on July 18.

It will be part of the Prototype Plant at the Establishment of Toyota, an annex of the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

Aichi Pref. Zoo Puts Spotlight On Winter Bonfire-loving Monkeys

Aichi Pref. zoo puts spotlight on winter bonfire-loving monkeys

INUYAMA, Aichi -- The annual bonfire for Yakushima macaques at the Japan Monkey Centre here was shown to the press on Dec. 21, as a troop of monkeys sat by the fire to keep warm.

Some 150 monkeys flocked to the fire at the "Monkey Valley" exhibition area as soon as the staff set some scrap wood alight. They seemed to be enjoying the warmth, turning their bellies toward the fire and placing their hands over the flames. The monkeys then munched on sweet potatoes that had been baked in the fire.

2 Museums To Open In Aichi, Showing Old And New In Aviation

2 museums to open in Aichi, showing old and new in aviation

TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Aviation aficionados will get a double dose of history when two adjacent museums open here on Nov. 30.

A museum themed on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's first domestically produced passenger jet, will start operations at the aircraft's final assembly plant.