In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

Feb 7, 2016

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

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A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, “Lerch no Kai” (the Society of Lerch) is named after ...

Exploring Niigata's snow country

Jan 23, 2016

Exploring Niigata's snow country

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Marred though the view is with power lines and other trappings of modernity, the rainbow that appears at the far end of Tsubame-Sanjo Station seems a rather auspicious beginning. The initial impression that greeted us in front of this largely unpopular station just south ...

Oct 28, 2015

Niigata city plans IT hub, with tax perks, to attract foreign firms

The city of Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture is planning to establish an information technology center for foreign companies as a local revitalization measure, Jiji Press learned Tuesday. This will be the first IT hub in Japan mainly targeting foreign firms, according to Minamiuonuma municipal ...

Aug 24, 2015

Tepco bid to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant stymied by governor

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s road back to becoming a nuclear power utility remains uncertain amid staunch local opposition to restarting the facility at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture. The plant is the world’s biggest nuclear power facility. Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said after meeting regulators ...