Yamanashi grape crop resilient after snow

Apr 16, 2014

Yamanashi grape crop resilient after snow

Grape growers in the city of Yamanashi, hit hard by record snowfalls in February, harvested the year’s first crop of Delaware grapes Wednesday. The farmers, located in the nation’s biggest grape-producing prefecture of Yamanashi, plan to deliver the freshly harvested Delaware grapes mainly to ...

Hokkaido brewers unearth snow-enhanced sake

Apr 2, 2014

Hokkaido brewers unearth snow-enhanced sake

Sake makers in Biei, Hokkaido, on Wednesday started to dig out containers of rice wine aged under the snow during the long winter. The freshly brewed sake had been placed about 100 days earlier in cellars carved out of snow banks. Temperatures in the ...

Gains in U.S. jobs despite harsh weather lift hopes

Mar 8, 2014

Gains in U.S. jobs despite harsh weather lift hopes

U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year. February’s gain of 175,000 jobs, up from January’s 129,000, coincided with a rise in the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent from ...

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

Feb 26, 2014

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

February’s heavy snows caused ¥65.8 billion in damage to agriculture in nine prefectures in eastern and central Japan, according to preliminary government estimates. Most of the damage was caused to greenhouses that collapsed under the heavy snowfall. The central government has decided to extend ...

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

Feb 21, 2014

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

A week after record snow hit the Kanto-Koshin region for the second time within the month, tourist destinations in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures are trying to lure back visitors after their numbers plunged due to road closures. Nagano Prefecture, flooded with queries regarding the ...

Feb 20, 2014

Last week's snowfall in Japan left more than 20,000 people cut off

More than 20,000 people in Tokyo and nine other prefectures in eastern Japan were cut off following heavy snowfalls last week, local government tallies showed Thursday. The total is probably higher because officials were having a tough time ascertaining the numbers in areas hit ...

Frozen ideas slow snow response

| Feb 19, 2014

Frozen ideas slow snow response

Despite the record amounts of snow dumped chiefly over eastern Japan in the past several days, no emergency warnings were issued by the Meteorological Agency as it stuck rigidly to criteria it set last year.

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

Feb 18, 2014

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

The government is considering legal steps to allow officials to remove abandoned cars from roads to make way for emergency vehicles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Trucks and cars stranded by the heavy snowfalls over the weekend are blocking the way for snowplows, ...