Safety of Niigata power plant worries locals

Jul 21, 2014

Safety of Niigata power plant worries locals

Seven years have passed since the massive Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, but residents around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant still worry about how safe it is. When the magnitude-6.8 quake struck on July 16, 2007, a transformer at the nuclear ...

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Jan 2, 2014

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Taiwan on Thursday welcomed a Japanese woman as the island’s 8 millionth visitor for 2013, showering her with gifts. Aya Omote, a 32-year-old newlywed from Niigata Prefecture, said she was surprised to learn of the news upon her arrival at Taoyuan International Airport on ...

Stairway to heavenly Haguro

Nov 9, 2013

Stairway to heavenly Haguro

by Chris Bamforth

Some of the more interesting spots in Japan are the ones that are not really on the way to anywhere else at all. A sense of remoteness and being firmly off the beaten track lends them a particularly beguiling character. In the northeastern neck ...

Sep 26, 2013

Niigata governor gives Tepco green light on reactor inspections

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said Thursday that he basically approves of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plan to request government safety tests for two idled reactors at the world’s largest nuclear power plant, paving the way to restarting them. Izumida’s assent allows the beleaguered utility ...