Volcano in Kyushu erupts with 5,000-meter plume

It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown Kagoshima, a city of 606,000 and major shipping port in southwestern Japan.

Nineteen people were feared dead and 45 injured after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in Japan early on Tuesday, national broadcaster NHK reported. (cnbc.com)

The Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)

A panel of experts for the Environment Ministry on Monday selected eight out of Japan’s 32 national parks under a model project aimed at attracting foreign tourists. (Japan Today)

A Japanese council for cultural affairs endorsed on Monday Christian churches and related sites in the southwestern prefectures of Nagasaki and Kumamoto for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018. (Jiji Press)

The Emperor and Empress arrived at the Nasu Imperial Villa, north of Tokyo on Monday for rest and recuperation. (NHK )

A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kochi Prefecture, according to the Japan Coast Guard. (Japan Times)

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida urged China on Monday to abide by a recent international tribunal ruling that rejected its claims in the South China Sea over its territorial dispute with the Philippines. (Jiji Press)

The stronger yen is reducing the value of Japanese exports amid signs of a rebound in volume terms. (Nikkei)

Japan posted a goods trade surplus for a half-year period in January to June for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011, due mainly to a plunge in the value of imports on the back of declining crude oil prices, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)

Hundreds of Pokemon Go players have been flocking to a park here since Saturday night, dubbing the hotspot “sacred ground” due to the resemblance one of the park’s features has with a key part of the game. (Tokyo Reporter)

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