Decomposed bodies found on boat in Akita
NHK -- Nov 27
A wooden boat containing 8 human bodies has been found washed ashore in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan.

Japan Coast Guard officials say they found the partly decomposed remains while performing an onboard investigation on Monday. The boat was discovered the day before on a beach in Oga City.

There are no survivors. The age and sex of the bodies have not been identified.

The officials say the boat measures about 7 meters and an eight-digit number has been painted on the vessel.

The boat appears to have lost its mobility as the rotor blade and the directional device are missing.

There is no fishing equipment inside the boat.

There have been no reports of a Japanese wooden boat gone missing. Coast Guard officials say it's highly likely a foreign boat that drifted ashore.

Recently, vessels believed to be from the Korean Peninsula have been found along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

Last week, a boat carrying 8 men, believed to be from North Korea, was washed ashore in Yurihonjo City, also in Akita Prefecture.

26日、秋田県男鹿市の海岸に漂着した木造船から8人の遺体が見つかりました。一部は白骨化しているということです。 男鹿市の宮沢海岸に木造船が漂着していると付近に住む人から警察に通報がありましたが、波が高いなどの理由から船内の確認はできていませんでした。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Feb 19
Nao Kodaira won the women's 500-meter speedskating event in the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese woman to win gold in the sport. (Jiji)
Feb 18
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly molesting a teenage girl on a street in Chuo Ward last year, reports Nikkan Sports (
Feb 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested four persons, including an organized crime member, over the alleged smuggling of more than 100 kilograms of marijuana inside wooden doors, reports NHK. (
Feb 15
The education ministry released a draft Wednesday of revised curriculum guidelines for high schools, including the introduction of comprehensive history and public affairs as new compulsory subjects. (Japan Times)
Feb 15
Officials with East Japan Railway Company say a metal part that went missing from a Shinkansen bullet train has been found. They say the problem did not disrupt services or cause any injuries. (NHK)
Feb 14
Two Japanese professional players of the traditional board games shogi and go have received the country's People's Honor Award. (NHK)
Feb 13
A group of citizens in Tokyo's Hachioji held a fresh Coming-of-Age ceremony on Monday for victims of the sudden shutdown about a month ago of kimono seller and rental firm Harenohi that attracted wide public attention and media coverage. (Jiji)
Feb 12
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 63-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her daughter to death at their residence in Akishima City on Saturday, reports TBS News (
Feb 10
Teachers at a public high school in Toyama Prefecture have cut the hair of 44 students since April last year to make it short enough to meet school rules, the school and local education board said Friday. (Japan Today)
Feb 10
A green turtle died as oil reached the southern Amami-Oshima Island coast, the local government said Thursday, but it was not clear whether the oil came from an Iranian tanker that sank in nearby waters last month. (Japan Times)