A joint search and rescue team works on Mount Ontakesan at 10:22 a.m. on Oct. 1. (Eiji Hori)
UPDATE: Death toll from Mt. Ontakesan eruption hits 47, worst in postwar period
The death toll from the eruption on Mount Ontakesan reached 47 on Oct. 1, making it Japan’s deadliest volcanic disaster in the postwar period.
An “N700A Series” train on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
What a run: Tokaido Shinkansen marks 50 years on the tracks
Train buffs thronged Platform 19 at Tokyo Station, where the first bullet train departed exactly 50 years ago, dazzling the world.
The commemorative coin for the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Provided by the Finance Ministry)
Shinkansen celebrated on special coins for 50th anniversary
Commemorative 100-yen coins will be issued in March to mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train service.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
INSIGHT: Skepticism rife after Pyongyang's invitation to view abductee reinvestigation
North Korea has invited Japanese officials to see for themselves how Pyongyang is reinvestigating the abductions of Japanese nationals, but expectations are low for any new information to emerge in Pyongyang.
Workers search at the top of Mount Ontakesan in central Japan on Sept. 28, the day after the volcano erupted. (Provided by the Nagoya City Fire Department)
Rescue workers describe exhaustion, fears on Mt. Ontakesan
Near the summit of Mount Ontakesan, the east-side slope appeared to be smoothly covered in a blanket of ash. But closer inspection revealed a number of mounds protruding from the gray surface.
A megasolar power plant on Beppu Bay in an industrial area of Oita, Oita Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Under strain, utilities halt new access to clean energy
Three regional utilities have temporarily suspended grid access for new clean energy producers, citing the risk of overload.
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Paperwork delays snarl restart of Sendai nuclear plant to next year
Kyushu Electric Power Co. jumped through all hoops but one to get its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture back online this year.
A Sukiya restaurant in Osaka's Nishi Ward bears a sign notifying customers of its change in operating hours. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
Sukiya beef bowl chain swallows loss of late-night hours in 60% of restaurants
Criticism of harsh working conditions with only one employee on duty overnight and a labor shortage is forcing major beef bowl restaurant chain Sukiya to cease 24-hour operations in more than 60 percent of its outlets.
Masato Higuchi, chief of the Fukuoka prefectural police, at a press conference on Oct. 1 in Kita-Kyushu (Jun Kaneko)
Fukuoka police arrest more members of notorious Kudo-kai crime syndicate
KITA-KYUSHU--Fukuoka prefectural police continued cracking down on the Kudo-kai crime syndicate with the rearrests Oct. 1 of its two top leaders along with the arrests of seven other members in connection with the stabbing of a nurse.
Justice Minister Midori Matsushima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Panel to discuss stricter punishments for sex crimes
The Justice Ministry will set up a panel to discuss measures to impose tougher penalties for sex crimes, including revisions of laws that make robbery a more heinous crime than rape.
Keiko Tanaka (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Female exec in Nissan Motor subsidiary named ambassador to Uruguay
Keiko Tanaka, who held a senior position in the Nissan Motor Co. group, has been appointed as ambassador to Uruguay.
Cyberdyne Inc. staff members demonstrate the new HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) device, which helps users carry heavy loads, at the company's headquarters in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sept. 30. (Jun Ueda)
Heavy-lifting cyborg-like device gives a helping hand to workers
A robotics venture outside Tokyo unveiled a cyborg-like device that it says carries a fair share of the load borne by construction workers.
Protesters raise a placard with a defaced picture of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying outside a flag-raising ceremony that the embattled leader attended to mark China's National Day on Oct. 1. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong leader says voting better than watching TV at Chinese National Day event
HONG KONG--Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Oct. 1 to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators.
The “Domon” rock tunnel, an exit point of the Tonokuchiseki canal, on Mount Iimoriyama in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture (Toshihide Ueda)
COMMENTARY: Fukushima's micro-hydropower ambitions face challenges
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered a nuclear disaster and prompted a national debate on energy policy, has added a new role for a historic canal that draws water from Lake Inawashiroko to this castle town.
A large-scale exercise is under way by the council of disaster responses at the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station on Mount Fuji in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Eruption of Mt. Ontakesan puts officials around Mt. Fuji on edge
The deadly eruption of a volcano in central Japan has prompted localities around Mount Fuji to take a fresh look at their preparedness for a disaster on the World Heritage site, which experts say could erupt at any moment.
Myanmar depositors wait in front of the Myanmar Universal Bank on Aug. 8, 2005, to withdraw their savings in downtown Yangon. (AP Photo)
Myanmar awards first licenses to foreign banks
YANGON--Myanmar awarded licenses Oct. 1 to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in half a century.
Squash "korokke" (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Easy squash croquette that requires no chopping or stir-frying
Kabocha squash that are harvested in the summer sweeten in storage. They are rich in carotene, vitamins C and E as well as fiber.
Eriko Yamatani (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe and his picks must clarify stance on Zaitokukai, racism
Eriko Yamatani, chairwoman of the National Public Safety Commission, should get it into her head that saying she “did not know” just doesn’t cut it.
A ceremony is held to mark the inauguration of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line service at Tokyo Station on Oct. 1, 1964. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VOX POPULI: Tokaido Shinkansen turns 50 years old
Everyone in Japan is familiar with this opening line of "Tetsudo Shoka" (Songs of railways): "With the sound of a whistle at Shinbashi ..."
A scene from the "Attack on Titan" animated series ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan' special to kick off in late November in Tokyo
A special exhibition devoted to Hajime Isayama's popular manga series "Attack on Titan" will kick off Nov. 28 at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo.

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