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 ...