News On Japan

Explosion in Central Kyoto Injures Two

KYOTO, May 17 (News On Japan) - An explosion in central Kyoto on Thursday morning has left two injured and caused significant disruptions. The scene immediately after the fire was captured on video, with loud sirens blaring and the area filled with thick smoke, reducing visibility to less than 20 meters.

A witness stated, "There was an enormous amount of black smoke, and the entire area was covered in it, almost like a fog."

The fire broke out shortly after 10 a.m. in a two-story building housing several restaurants in Shijo-Kawaramachi.

A passerby called 119, reporting, "There was an explosion and flames. It looks like two people are injured."

About an hour after the report, aerial views confirmed that the fire was still not under control.

A witness described the scene: "There was a loud boom and the ground shook, causing dust to rise. When I went to check, smoke was coming from the building, and a woman in her 60s or 70s was lying on the ground, bleeding."

An employee of a nearby company said, "I heard a loud bang, and when I looked outside, I saw smoke coming from the building. I knew it was an explosion. The smoke and flames were intense, so I evacuated. This area has many offices and a lot of foot traffic."

The timing of the explosion raised questions among locals.

The employee added, "I thought they usually open in the evening, not during lunch hours."

According to police, the explosion occurred just as a male employee in his 40s arrived at work and flipped the light switch on the wall.

The fire department reported that the male employee suffered burns on his arm, while a female passerby in her 60s was injured by debris that struck her near the temple.

A total of 26 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene, and the fire was largely extinguished shortly after noon.

Source: ANN

News On Japan

The long-standing seniority-based system in Japanese companies is being phased out. Many have considered it natural to rise with age, but there have been times when people desired recognition based on ability. With this deeply ingrained system now under review, will the decision by a major bank change Japan's corporate culture?

In a significant ruling regarding the estate of businessman 'Kishu Don Juan,' the court declared on Friday the will, which states that his 1.3 billion yen estate be donated entirely to the city, to be valid. Relatives had contested the will's validity, but the court dismissed their claims.

A controversy has erupted over the sale of high-priced premium seats at the Gion Festival. Yasaka Shrine's chief priest has expressed concern over the decision to sell premium seats for 150,000 yen each, stating, "This is not a show."

The Tokyo gubernatorial election was officially announced on June 20th, with a record 56 candidates running. However, the allocated poster spaces only accommodate 48 candidates, leaving some without a place to display their posters. As a workaround, clear file folders are being used, causing confusion at polling sites.

A rare 63-leaf clover, cultivated in the garden of Takaharu Watanabe in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records this month.



Police in central Japan are investigating the possibility of a bear attack following the grim discovery of a man in his 50s found dead in a forest with claw marks on his face and back.

A high-profile papa katsu woman who earns 5 million yen a month has shared her insights following the resignation of former MP Miyazawa over a papa katsu scandal. In a candid interview, the woman, identified as Rika, 25, shed light on her two-year experience in the world of compensated dating, commonly referred to as papa katsu.

A hotel in Kyoto refused to accommodate an Israeli man, unilaterally identifying him as a member of the military. The city issued administrative guidance to the hotel on June 20, citing potential violations of the Hotel Business Law.

A steam locomotive (SL) driver at Mooka Railway was found to have exceeded the alcohol limit twice during pre-operation checks but continued to operate the train. The incident came to light following an internal whistleblower's report.

The Tokyo High Court upheld the life sentence for a former nurse accused of killing three elderly patients by mixing disinfectant into their IV drips at the former Oguchi Hospital in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. The verdict was delivered on June 19, confirming the initial ruling by the Yokohama District Court in 2021.

As temperatures rise and more skin is exposed, the incidence of voyeurism tends to increase. To combat this, the Osaka Prefectural Police have devised an innovative strategy using a simple yet effective tool -- mirrors.

With the new currency release drawing near, unexpected issues are emerging. This month, known as the season of June brides, sees many weddings, but there are growing concerns over the difficulty in obtaining crisp banknotes for wedding gifts.

In a tragic incident in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, a man was found dead, with his wife suspected of attacking him with a golf club. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating the details of the incident, which is believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.