Quakes keep many schools closed in Kumamoto

The Kumamoto prefectural and city boards of education say 387 of the 757 kindergarten, elementary and high schools will be closed on Monday.

All elementary and junior high schools will remain closed in 15 severely-hit municipalities, including the cities of Yatsushiro and Uto, Mashiki Town and Minamiaso Village. All elementary schools except one in Kumamoto City will also be closed.

It is feared that many of them will stay closed until around May 10th.

Agriculture ministers of the Group of 7 nations have agreed to make it easier for women and young people to enter the farming industry. (NHK)

More than half of all schools remain closed in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan. About 150,000 children are affected. (NHK)

A candidate endorsed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has won a Lower House by-election in Hokkaido, northern Japan. (NHK)

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force fighters made a record number of scrambles against Chinese aircraft over the last fiscal year through March 2016. (NHK)

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) plans to set up an internal investigation team to gain a clearer overall picture of how data was falsified for fuel efficiency tests, but the effectiveness of such efforts remains questionable given the string of wrongdoings that have been revealed. (the-japan-news.com)

The last Tsukiji Market festival will be held in its current location in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on May 3, ahead of the wholesale market’s relocation to the Toyosu district in Tokyo’s Koto Ward later this year. (the-japan-news.com)

The Sunshine 60 Observatory in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, reopened on Thursday with the new name Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory following recent renovations. The facility now also features new rides. (the-japan-news.com)

Nearly 68,000 people in southwestern Japan are living in shelters or in their vehicles, more than a week after strong earthquakes started jolting the region. (NHK)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited quake-stricken Kumamoto Prefecture and pledged to make an all-out effort to help evacuees improve their situation. (NHK)

The South Korean military has suggested that North Korea’s apparent launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine ended in failure. (NHK)

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