Feb 13, 2015

Recovery slow in disaster-zone fish processing industries

A Fisheries Agency survey revealed Thursday that the pace of reconstruction has been slow in fish processing industries in five coastal prefectures hit hard by the tsunami caused by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. Only 50 percent of the surveyed companies in ...

Aug 10, 2014

Magnitude-6.1 quake strikes Aomori, no major damage reported

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tohoku on Sunday, but no major damage was reported. The tremor, which struck at around 12:43 p.m., measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, in the town of Shichinohe, Aomori Prefecture, ...

Aug 6, 2014

Neputa lantern lift apparatus kills festival participant

A man in his 40s who was participating in the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, was found apparently crushed to death Tuesday evening while getting a huge Neputa lantern ready for the parade, it was reported. The man was from the ...

Jun 25, 2014

Japan to deploy F-35 fighters at Misawa Air Base from fiscal 2017

Next-generation F-35 fighter jets will be deployed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture from fiscal 2017, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday. “We will coordinate with the U.S. side so local residents will not have to feel concerned,” Onodera told Aomori Gov. Shingo ...

Abandoned railway reborn as theme park

Jun 2, 2014

Abandoned railway reborn as theme park

A theme park based on a restored railway at an abandoned mine opened Sunday in the town of Kosaka, Akita Prefecture. The Kosaka Railroad Railpark features locomotives and other rolling stock, but its real draw is the chance to ride trolleys and pedal-driven rail ...

Ex-hunter working to preserve unspoiled forest

Nov 13, 2013

Ex-hunter working to preserve unspoiled forest

by Yusuke Onuma

A 71-year-old former bear hunter is credited with saving an unspoiled expanse of beech trees in Shirakami-Sanchi, a mountainous area straddling Akita and Aomori prefectures, from a planned forest road. Now he has a new concern: the adverse effects on the local ecosystem ever ...