Shimane beckons urbanites with fresh approach to education

Feb 18, 2016

Shimane beckons urbanites with fresh approach to education

Families looking to escape the nation’s crowded cities are increasingly looking at the sparsely populated coastal prefecture of Shimane. A record 647 people attended a migration fair held in Tokyo jointly by the Shimane Prefectural Government and a local organization on Nov. 1. Many ...

Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

Nov 14, 2015

Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

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Were it not for the well-nourished faces of the passengers suffused with keen expressions of expectation and purpose, the supine bodies, unpacked food, luggage and blankets strewn across the hard flooring of the ferry’s modern equivalent of steerage class resembled those of a migrant ...

Shimane's Oki Islands win Global Geopark classification

Sep 10, 2013

Shimane's Oki Islands win Global Geopark classification

The Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture have been designated as a globally important geological heritage site by a UNESCO-backed program. The Global Network of National Geoparks made the decision at a meeting Monday in South Korea. The island chain in the Sea of Japan ...