A letter of gratitude sent by 16th-century samurai general Toyotomi Hideyoshi has been found, evidence that his subordinate played a key role in saving the warlord's wife and mother during a coup attempt against his master, Oda Nobunaga.
A ceramic piece believed to have been created by contemporary artist Taro Okamato who is well-known for his "Tower of the Sun" masterpiece has been found in the Shigaraki district of Koka. A ceramic museum in Shiga Prefecture is now displaying the work that was likely done by Okamoto (1911-96) during a period when he worked at a company involved in traditional Shigaraki ware.
Our bodies could well be our biggest enemy by going all out and expressing its dominance over our control and self-respect. This happens oftentimes when we’re relieving ourselves and the toilet suddenly turns into a chamber of embarrassment.
A man under arrest for abandoning the body of 13-year-old Natsumi Hirata is suspected of having checked on the body of her slain classmate in a bamboo grove shortly before his arrest on Aug. 21, sources close to the investigation said.
Toyota hopes that the 2016 Mirai will be for fuel cell cars what the Prius was for hybrid vehicles: a trailblazer and a big commercial success. But the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle has a very long way to go until it can be compared with the Prius. For now, the hydrogen refueling infrastructure is massively underdeveloped: Consumer Reports’ Gabe Shenhar says there are only 13 refueling stations across the United States.
Like many rural communities with a dwindling population, Nanmoku opens its arms to visitors--and one, in particular. That person is Yuki Iwama, who first visited the village in 2009, fell in love with the place and kept coming back.
The operator of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in central Japan said Wednesday its investigation found no active geologic faults under or around the site, which was forced to shut down in 2011 after operation of the plant was deemed risky.