Osaka Wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has won the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Osaka reached the final without losing a single set in the tournament in the city of Osaka, where she was born.

Typhoon May Bring Downpours To Pacific Coasts

Typhoon may bring downpours to Pacific coasts

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a strong typhoon may bring downpours to Pacific coastal areas of western and eastern Japan.

The agency says Typhoon Lingling is currently north of Okinawa Prefecture. The inflow of damp air is producing unstable atmospheric conditions over a wide area.

Fm Kono Visits South Pacific Island Nations

FM Kono visits South Pacific island nations

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono is aiming to boost maritime security cooperation during a tour of four South Pacific island nations.

Kono is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the region in 32 years. He will travel to the Marshall Islands on Thursday.

First Cap Set On Pacific Saury Catches

First cap set on Pacific saury catches

Delegations from seven countries and one territory have agreed to set a ceiling on Pacific saury catches. This is the first cap of its kind aimed at protecting the fish's dwindling population.

The agreement came at a three-day meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, which concluded in Tokyo on Thursday.

Pacific Economies Debate Saury Fishing

Pacific economies debate saury fishing

Pacific Rim countries are holding a fisheries conference on measures to maintain the stocks of Pacific saury in the North Pacific. The focus of the discussion is whether to introduce regulations on catches of the fish.

A meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission began in Tokyo on Tuesday, with Japan serving as the chair. Delegates from seven countries and a territory, including China and Russia, are taking part.

Report Warns Of Depletion Of Pacific Saury Stocks

Report warns of depletion of Pacific saury stocks

An international fisheries commission is warning that declining stocks of Pacific saury may not fully recover if the fish continues to be caught at the current pace.

It was the North Pacific Fisheries Commission's first scientific estimate of Pacific saury resources.

30th Pacific Music Festival Underway In Hokkaido

30th Pacific Music Festival underway in Hokkaido

An international educational music festival, co-founded by the late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has opened in Sapporo, in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.

Some 100 young musicians from 26 countries and regions performed in Saturday's opening concert of the 30th Pacific Music Festival. The program featured Bernstein's Candide Overture and Haydn's Concerto for Two Horns.

Tropical Storm Moving Along Japan's Pacific Coast

Tropical storm moving along Japan's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Sepat is expected to move along the southern coast of Japan's main island through Friday morning, as heavy rain pelts the country's central area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sepat was southwest of Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan.

Japan To Help Infrastructure Dev. In Asia Pacific

Japan to help infrastructure dev. in Asia Pacific

Japan's Finance Minister says the country will actively support infrastructure development in countries of the Asia Pacific region which are prone to natural disasters.

Taro Aso spoke on the importance of disaster preparedness during the Asian Development Bank's annual conference in the South Pacific country of Fiji.

Blind Japanese Sailor And Friend Cross Pacific

Blind Japanese sailor and friend cross Pacific

A blind Japanese man has succeeded in sailing across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Japan with assistance from his sighted American friend.

52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto and 55-year-old Douglas Smith arrived at Onahama Port in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday morning. They were greeted by a crowd of well-wishers.

Osaka Loses Pan Pacific Open Final

Osaka loses Pan Pacific Open final

Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka lost to the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday.

Osaka is ranked 7th in the world. This was her first tournament since winning the US Open earlier this month.

Tokyo Festival Offers Free Pacific Saury

Tokyo festival offers free Pacific saury

Crowds have gathered at a Pacific saury festival in Tokyo to sample the autumn delicacy from northern Japan.

The annual event was held on Sunday in front of JR Meguro station. The organizers brought in a fresh catch of about 7,000 fish from the city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture.

Pacific Saury Dishes May Become Cheaper

Pacific saury dishes may become cheaper

Japanese restaurant chain operators are considering reducing the prices of their Pacific saury dishes because the fish is in plentiful supply this year.

Ootoya Holdings will sell a set meal of Pacific saury at its outlets across Japan from Monday until the end of October.

Pacific Saury Festival Held In Iwate

Pacific saury festival held in Iwate

Crowds of people have gathered to enjoy free grilled fish at a festival in northeastern Japan.

The event was held on Sunday in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, to celebrate the season's first catch of Pacific saury. The city boasts one of the largest landings of the fish in Japan.