Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Jan 23, 2017

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Some 5,500 people joined an annual monkfish festival in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Sunday after a massive fire roared through city one month ago. The festival’s organizer once considered canceling the event, but decided to hold it to cheer up residents, an official of ...

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Dec 8, 2016

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

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Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown joined his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends. Nagaoka Mayor Tatsunobu Isoda lay flowers at the main memorial event ...

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 ...