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 ...

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

Feb 13, 2016

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

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Just over a month ago, commuters emerging from a busy subway station in Taipei were greeted by a strange sight: a rare Siberian crane standing on the sidewalk, apparently quite comfortable with the crowd it was attracting. Only 4,000 such cranes, also known as ...

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

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The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the “month of no gods.” During this time, Okuninushi, the kami (Shinto god) enshrined at the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine, summons myriad deities to decide the fate of ...

Nov 14, 2014

Shimane Prefecture to tax idled nuclear reactors

The Shimane Prefectural Government said Friday that it plans to introduce a new tax on nuclear reactors based on their output capacities. Revenue from the tax is estimated to total ¥3 billion for five years from next April, regardless of whether the No. 1 ...

Nov 14, 2014

Highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus detected in Shimane

A highly pathogenic strain of bird flu has been found in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said on Friday. The H5N8 subtype was detected in two samples of droppings from migratory Bewick’s swans that were collected Nov. 3, the ministry said. While investigating ...