Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says he plans to visit Akita Prefecture to seek the local community's consent for the deployment of a missile defense system.
Akita Governor Norihisa Satake suggested on Monday that there are difficulties in talks with the government over the planned deployment after local opposition increased over a series of incidents.
ODATE, Akita Prefecture--A magazine model and mother of six doesn't let constant breast-feeding and child-rearing get in the way of hospitality.
Haru, a 15-month-old Akita Inu dog, charms tourists from around the world at the entrance to the Furusawa Onsen spa ryokan near the Nipro Hachiko Dome stadium.
A senior Defense Ministry official says Akita Prefecture in northern Japan is one of the best locations for the planned deployment of a ground-based ballistic missile defense system.
The ministry plans to install 2 Aegis Ashore units to guard against possible missile attacks from North Korea. The candidate sites are the Self-Defense Force grounds in Akita City and Hagi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
AKITA--Fans of one of Japan's most beloved dog breeds, the Akita Inu, can see and take pictures of them at the Akita Inu Station, which opened on the first floor of the Area Nakaichi complex here.
Two to three Akita Inu are on display for free, but they cannot be petted to save them from undue stress.
AJIGASAWA, Aomori Prefecture--Famed "ugly" Akita Inu Wasao will work as "sightseeing station master" of Ajigasawa Station here on East Japan Railway Co.'s Gono Line for another year after proving a hit during the last fiscal year.
Wasao, who is estimated to be 11, captured hearts across Japan with his quirky looks, often described as "busa-kawaii" (ugly-cute) in Japanese, and starred in an eponymous movie.