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Emergency unit reveals harrowing details of fatal bus crash rescue
Firefighters rescue people from the bus that flipped over in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on Jan. 15. The Asahi Shimbun was provided with this photo.
KARUIZAWA, Nagano Prefecture--Many survivors of the deadly bus crash on Jan. 15 here had to be cut out of the vehicle due to its roof collapsing, according to the fire official ...
Egregious safety violations found in bus crash investigation
A night ski bus veered off a road in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The operator of a ski bus that crashed and killed 14 was so brazenly lax about safety that the transport ministry is considering tightening its rules and instructions that...
Mine collapse in China leaves 19 missing; 6 workers located
BEIJING--Chinese rescuers were working to pull out six workers and were searching for another 19 after a mine collapsed in the eastern province of Shandong on Dec. 25,...
S. Korean court upholds lifetime sentence for Sewol ferry captain
The South Korean ferry Sewol sinks on April 16, 2014, in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. (Provided by a fisherman who joined the rescue effort)
SEOUL--South Korea's top court on Nov. 12 upheld a lifetime sentence for the captain of the ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, most of them teenagers on a ...
Manufacturers working overtime to keep young children out of...
Panasonic Corp.'s Cuble (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Manufacturers are redesigning front-loading washing machines to prevent accidents involving children, following the death this summer of a boy who became trapped after climbing ...
Study: Radiation-related stress not easing among Fukushima mothers
The Asahi Shimbun
FUKUSHIMA--Psychological stress from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has remained around the same level as in 2014 among mothers and children living in...
Shoe factory collapses in eastern China, killing 9 people
Rescuers shine flashlights across the rubble of a factory building in Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province July 4. (Chinatopix Via AP)
BEIJING--A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30, officials said July 5.
Divers comb capsized China ship, death toll jumps to 18
Chinese soldiers stand as rescuers conduct a search and rescue operation on the capsized ship, center, on the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei province on June 3. (AP Photo)
JIANLI, China--Scores of divers cautiously searched a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on June 3 for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly, as the death toll in...
VOX POPULI: Will another nuclear accident occur? Never say 'never'
The crash site of a U.S. military helicopter in June 1988 is only 1.5 kilometers from the Ikata nuclear power plant, seen in the background, in Ehime Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In June 1988, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed into a mountain in Ehime Prefecture, killing all seven marines aboard. The fiery crash left a smoldering gouge in a "mikan" ...
UPDATE: Bereaved families mark 2005 train crash that killed 107
A train on the West Japan Railway Co.'s Takarazuka Line that derailed and slammed into an apartment is seen in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, on April 25, 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
AMAGASAKI, Hyogo Prefecture--Mourners gathered along the tracks of the JR Takarazuka Line bowed in prayer as a train passed at about 9:18 a.m. on April 25 to mark the...
VOX POPULI: No mountain is 'treacherous' for climbers who practice ...
A ceremony is held in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, on July 6, 2013, to mark start of the summer climbing season for Mount Tanigawadake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Zundoko bushi,” a genre of popular Japanese songs, comes in a broad range of themes. I remember one song titled “Tanigawa Kouta” (Tanigawa ballad), in which a young...
Airlines to pay passengers of Hiroshima accident $5,000 apiece for ...
South Korean and Japanese investigators on April 16 inspect the Asiana Airlines' Airbus A320 that skidded off the runaway at Hiroshima Airport. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asiana Airlines Inc. said it will pay $5,000 (600,000 yen) apiece in compensation to all 73 passengers on a jet that skidded off a runway upon landing at Hiroshima Airport on...
Study: Drunks fall from train station platforms in a matter of...
The Asahi Shimbun
OSAKA--Railway officials here were surprised at how quickly inebriated passengers can fall from station platforms and onto the tracks once they start moving, in a study of...
Visibility sharply worsened in Asiana airliner accident
South Korean investigators and Hiroshima prefectural police officers survey Asiana Airlines' Airbus A320 on April 15 at Hiroshima Airport. Pieces of the instrument landing system can be seen beside the airliner’s engine. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
MIHARA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Visibility was below safety standards around the time when a South Korean airliner skidded off the runway upon landing at Hiroshima Airport,...
Police investigate airliner accident in Hiroshima on suspicion of...
Asiana Airlines Flight 162 skidded off the runway at Hiroshima Airport upon landing on April 14 after hitting an object. The plane is seen stopped outside the runway the following day of the accident. (Kazunori Takahashi)
MIHARA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Prefectural police on April 15 launched an investigation into a South Korean airliner that skidded off the runway upon landing at Hiroshima...
Fallen pole knocks main Tokyo train loop out of operation for 9...
Workers check a fallen electrical pole along the tracks of the JR Yamanote Line on April 12. (Reina Kitamura)
Two of the busiest train lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area came to an abrupt halt on April 12 as railway employees worked to remove a fallen electric pole along the tracks.
VOX POPULI: Sporting accidents force courts to tackle tricky issue ...
Children play soccer at an elementary school playground in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
During my stint in the United States more than 10 years ago, I went to a Major League Baseball game and was completely taken by the beauty of the ballpark, which was a fine...
Only 35% of Fukushima nuclear plant workers agree to 1st round of...
In full protective gear, workers conduct various tasks near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Only 35 percent of the targeted workers who tackled the Fukushima nuclear accident are willing to undergo a health check in a survey to determine the effects of their radiation ...
Police blame 'return riders' trend for rising fatalities among...
"Return riders" practice basic maneuvers at a motorcycle training session in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Dec. 23.
With many of the bikers who spurred the Japanese motorcycle boom of the 1980s riding again, police are warning these aging "return riders" that they need to realize their...
VOX POPULI: High adventure of backcountry skiing presents many...
A backcountry skier descends a slope in the Hakuba Happo-one district in Nagano Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hirotaka Takeuchi, the only Japanese alpinist to have scaled all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter-class peaks, once got caught in an avalanche and almost died, according to his...