Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.3 occurred just before noon on Tuesday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami.
Officials say the quake was focused in Kagoshima Bay, 10 kilometers below the seabed.
Tremors with an intensity level of 5-plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 were recorded in the Satsuma region of Kagoshima prefecture. An intensity level of 4 was observed in the Osumi region.
A strong earthquake has struck Kagoshima prefecture in southwestern Japan.
The death toll from the record rainfall in northern Kyushu has reached 25, with dozens still unaccounted for. (NHK)
Residents of a Japanese city devastated by torrential rains last week have begun the process of applying for financial aid. (NHK)
A venomous fire ant was recently found in a warehouse in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the first time to find the poisonous insect other than at shipping ports. (NHK)
Japan’s National Police Agency plans to lower the upper limit for winnings from “pachinko” pinball games, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)
Bic Camera will allow payments in bitcoin at all locations throughout Japan as early as this month, looking to provide more options for foreign and domestic shoppers.
asunori Kagoike, the former chief of scandal-tainted school operator Moritomo Gakuen, on Monday requested the Osaka prefectural assembly set up a powerful special investigation committee over a scrapped plan to open an elementary school. (Jiji)
A 70-year-old woman dubbed the “black widow” admitted Monday to fatally poisoning her husband. (Japan Times)
The 32-year-old chief executive of defunct MtGox pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges relating to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins and cash from what was once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange. (Japan Today)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday kicked off a campaign to encourage residents to replace their incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting for free. (Japan Times)