The local government in Ebino city declared a 1-kilometer no-entry zone around the crater of Mt. Io, part of the Kirishima mountains.
Volcanic activity has intensified at the 1,317-meter volcano since last year.
Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of Kenya’s Dickson Chumba inside the final two kilometers to claim his first major marathon win. (Japan Today)
A 19-year-old woman died after being stabbed on a street in Fukuoka on Saturday night, police said Sunday. Police identified the victim as Hikaru Kitagawa, a prep school student, Fuji TV reported. She was stabbed in the neck and face, police said. (Japan Today)
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday of a possible small eruption at Mt Io, which straddles the southwestern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, after observing an increase in volcanic earthquakes. (Japan Today)
Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Manila, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where both have expressed alarm over China’s island-building and other aggressive acts in disputed waters. (Japan Times)
Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was released from a Manhattan hospital Saturday afternoon after being treated overnight for the flu, according to her son and hospital officials. (pagesix.com)
Japan’s Environment Ministry plans to set up a new national park in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa, the country’s southernmost prefecture, it was learned Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Top finance officials of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies agreed at their two-day talks in Shanghai through Saturday that they “will use all policy tools,” including fiscal measures, to achieve the world economic growth and stabilize global financial markets. (Jiji Press)
Railway fans have snapped up tickets for Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train on its first day of operation. (NHK)
A Japanese government survey showed Friday that 72.1 pct of Ainu indigenous people believe there is discrimination and prejudice against their race. (Jiji Press)
Japan’s education ministry proposed Saturday guidelines on minimum capabilities and skills that it thinks need to be acquired by English teachers in order to help improve children’s English proficiency. (Jiji Press)