Kurobe Dam fetes 50th anniversary


Kurobe Dam’s 50th anniversary was marked Wednesday with a ceremony to remember the 171 people who died during its construction deep in a steep mountain range in central Japan.

The ceremony, held in front of a cenotaph near the dam, was attended by about 30 people.

Yoichi Yoshizu, manager of the Hokuriku branch of Kansai Electric Power Co., the operator of the dam, looked back on the construction, which involved a total of 10 million workers.

“We have inherited a splendid facility and the mental fortitude to rise above difficulties, and we will maintain these for the coming 50 and 100 years,” Yoshizu said.

Kurobe Dam, along with Kepco’s Kurobe River No. 4 Power Station, was constructed to relieve electricity shortages after World War II.