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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...
Utilities balk at safer storage of spent nuclear fuel to avoid...
Spent nuclear fuel is kept in a dry cask for storage at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Power companies have resisted government calls to construct safer storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and are instead waiting for a fuel reprocessing plant to finally...
S. Korea concert planner found dead after 16 die
Members of South Korea Crime Scene Investigation team investigate a collapsed ventilation structure in Seongnam, South Korea Oct. 18. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Oct. 18 in an...
VOX POPULI: Safety barriers on railway platforms can save many...
Platform edge doors installed at JR Ebisu Station on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An acquaintance recently fell onto the tracks from the platform at JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo. He said it was like stumbling into a pit.
VOX POPULI: JAL crash site uniting bereaved families in all major...
Fragments of the vertical tail fin of JAL Flight 123 that crashed in 1985 are on display at the Safety Promotion Center of Japan Airlines Co. at Haneda Airport on Aug. 5. (The Asahi Shimbun)
For some people, the items on display at the Safety Promotion Center of Japan Airlines Co. may be too painful to look at. They include wreckage of JAL Flight 123 that crashed...
Family members mark anniversary of 1985 JAL crash that killed 520
Paper lanterns are released into the Kannagawa river near the town of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, to pay tribute to the 520 people killed in a JAL crash on Mount Osutakayama in 1985. (Wataru Sekita)
UENO, Gunma Prefecture--About 250 paper lanterns were floated down a river running at the foot of Mount Osutakayama to commemorate the 520 passengers and crew killed when a...
VOX POPULI: Caution needed for summer to go swimmingly
People enjoy sea bathing in Fukuoka on July 21 after the rainy season ends in northern Kyushu area. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A beach ball is filled with air, but what's inside a swim ring? If "air" is your answer, sorry, you've missed this one. The correct answer is "someone who can't swim."
EDITORIAL: Abe needs to get priorities right before reactor...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government has required all prefectural and municipal entities within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to have their own emergency response plans.
South Korean Prosecutor: All 15 crew that navigated ferry held
A diver wears a helmet to look for people still missing from the sunken ferry Sewol, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea April 26. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--All 15 people involved in navigating the South Korean ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing are now in custody after authorities detained four...