Efforts afoot to turn abandoned rural train lines into tourist attractions

May 23, 2017

Efforts afoot to turn abandoned rural train lines into tourist attractions

Abandoned rail lines once serving as lifelines for local industry are recapturing attention as tourist attractions. Last month, 15 groups from 12 prefectures inaugurated an association of regional promoters hoping that their railway legacies will attract visitors and help revitalize their aging rural communities. ...

Bird flu outbreak in Gifu forces culling of 80,000 chickens

Jan 14, 2017

Bird flu outbreak in Gifu forces culling of 80,000 chickens

About 80,000 chickens were being culled at a poultry farm in Yamagata on Sunday after about 100 dead ones tested positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu the previous day. The Gifu Prefectural Government launched inspections at 16 nearby chicken farms the ...

Three bodies found in Gifu home

/ Nov 18, 2016

Three bodies found in Gifu home

Three bodies have been found in a home in Gifu, with the cause of death suspected to be illness or starvation, police said Friday. Of the three, a man and a woman discovered in the same room appeared to have died more than a ...