Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

May 23, 2017

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Apple growers are increasingly going into the cider business, often with government assistance aimed at revitalizing regional economies that are grappling with the prospect of aging and dwindling populations, especially among farmers. As is the case in many agricultural areas in the country, the ...

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Apr 3, 2017

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Residents in Aomori Prefecture seem to cherish sakura more than anywhere else in Japan, according to a survey on cherry blossom viewing by weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. The survey was conducted on subscribers to its smartphone apps. In ranking their individual spending plans for ...

Men hold Aomori spa competition to fete their baldness

Feb 23, 2017

Men hold Aomori spa competition to fete their baldness

More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot springs facility in Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. Members of the city’s Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking ...

Chicken industry, crested ibis under bird flu siege in Niigata

Dec 2, 2016

Chicken industry, crested ibis under bird flu siege in Niigata

Farmers of Niigata jidori chicken are worried the simultaneous bird flu outbreaks in Niigata Prefecture will heavily damage the premium brand, even though it remains unaffected and the virus poses no threat to people. Local authorities are culling tens of thousands of chickens to ...