Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

by Paul Murphy

It’s been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi’s tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi ...

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

Feb 21, 2014

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

A week after record snow hit the Kanto-Koshin region for the second time within the month, tourist destinations in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures are trying to lure back visitors after their numbers plunged due to road closures. Nagano Prefecture, flooded with queries regarding the ...

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

Feb 16, 2014

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

The Meteorological Agency on Sunday urged the public to remain vigilant as a low-pressure system that dumped record snowfall on eastern Japan moved up the northeast coastline. Heavy snow has caused at least 15 deaths since Friday in seven prefectures: Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Nagano, ...

Aug 5, 2013

Nagano clinic aborts abnormal fetuses

A maternity clinic in Nagano Prefecture was found Monday to have carried out 36 abortions of selected abnormal fetuses in women who had multiple fetuses, mostly conceived after fertility treatment. They are the first known selective abortions in a country where more than 1,000 ...

Skiers, head toward the lights

Feb 15, 2013

Skiers, head toward the lights

by Tomoko Otake

Skiers and snowboarders who pass through JR Nagano Station should make the effort to take a short side trip to nearby Zenkoji Temple during the week starting Saturday. Wooden buildings that line the street approaching the popular temple will be lit up in five ...