Fire Near Jr Station Suspends Shinkansen Bullet Train Services

Fire near JR station suspends shinkansen bullet train servicesNew Year's holiday travelers were affected Friday as Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo and western Japan cities were suspended for around five hours due to a fire along the railway in central Tokyo, operator Central Japan Railway Co. said.

New Outlet Mall Opens Near Narita Airport

New outlet mall opens near Narita airportA new outlet mall opened Friday in Shisui, Chiba Prefecture, targeting not only people in the greater Tokyo area but foreign tourists as well.

Shisui Premium Outlets, run by Mitsubishi Estate-Simon Co., is located about 12 kilometers southwest of Narita International Airport and has 121 stores, including eight foreign brands that have opened their first outlet stores in Japan.

Sony : The Dualshock 4 Is 'near Final' Hardware

Sony : The DualShock 4 is 'near final' hardwareThe only hardware shown on-stage during Sony's PlayStation 4 event was the retooled DualShock controller, the DualShock 4. No box. No PS4 Eye. No new version of Move. As for the console itself, its absence makes some sense in light of today's news from SCEA prez Jack Tretton that the console's internals are "still in development in terms of final specs and design."

Gov, Boj Near Agreement On 2 Percent Inflation Target

Gov, BOJ near agreement on 2 percent inflation targetThe government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan are close to agreeing on setting a 2 percent inflation target in their policy coordination agreement aimed at beating chronic deflation, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Sunday.

7 Holidaymakers Casualties In Highway Bus Accident Near Tokyo

7 holidaymakers casualties in highway bus accident near TokyoA bus carrying tourists bound for Tokyo Disneyland crashed early Sunday morning on a highway in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, killing six women and a man, and leaving the 38 other passengers injured, three of them critically, police said.  

The bus, which left Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, around 10 p.m. Saturday, the first day of Japan's Golden Week spring holiday season, crashed into a 3-meter-high roadside wall in the 4:40 a.m. accident on the Kanetsu Expressway in Fujioka, the police and bus operator said.

Tepco To Recalculate Potential Tsunami Height Near Niigata Nuke Plant

TEPCO to recalculate potential tsunami height near Niigata nuke plantTokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced April 26 that it will recalculate the height of a potential tsunami that may strike its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture.

The move was pushed forward after four prefectures located along the Sea of Japan released their own estimates, which state that the scale of a potential earthquake in the area where the nuclear plant is located is in fact up to around 2.8 times stronger than what TEPCO has estimated.

Man Living Alone In Exclusion Zone Near Fukushima Plant

Man living alone in exclusion zone near Fukushima plantTownspeople in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, used to take pride in a 2.5-kilometer stretch of 300 cherry trees that reached full bloom and created a ceiling of blossoms every April at Yonomori Park.  

Before the massive quake last year, around 15,000 lived in the town. But now Naoto Matsumura, 52, is the only resident. He stayed on in the town where he grew up even after the whole of the town was included in the exclusion zone on April 22 as a result of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.