Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

Mar 2, 2017

Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

A nearly two-week fire that crippled an Askul Corp. warehouse in Saitama Prefecture was likely caused by a forklift that unintentionally peeled out on some cardboard during loading, sources said. While loading cardboard onto a truck in a cardboard storage space, the forklift driver ...

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Feb 20, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Four days have passed since a fire broke out at a warehouse used by office supply vender Askul Corp. in Saitama Prefecture, but there are still no prospects for putting it out, firefighters said. The three-story warehouse spans 72,000 sq. meters of floor space ...

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

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Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...