Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

by Davey Young

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 ...

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

Aug 20, 2014

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

While there are many “yuru-kyara” mascots created to promote prefectures and municipalities nationwide, the one for Shimane Prefecture has grabbed public attention as rice-paddy art. Shimanekko, a cat mascot with the roof of the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine on top of its head, has ...

May 28, 2014

Shimane strikes evacuation deal with neighbors

The Shimane Prefectural Government on Wednesday agreed with two neighboring prefectures to cooperate on the evacuation of residents in the event of a nuclear accident in the area. The deals aim to secure the safe evacuation of about 396,000 residents of four Shimane cities ...

Mar 28, 2014

Retiring Shimane reactor 'an option'

In a reversal, Chugoku Electric Power Co. President Tomohide Karita stated Thursday that retiring a 40-year-old reactor at the Shimane Nuclear Power Station is “an option.” It is rare to hear a top utility official suggest the decommissioning of an aging reactor. In June, ...

Feb 24, 2014

Seoul files protest over Takeshima Day

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official has lodged a protest with Japan for letting a government representative attend the Takeshima Day ceremony Saturday in Shimane Prefecture. Lee Sang-deuk, director general of the Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, on Sunday summoned Hisashi Michigami, a minister at ...

Feb 22, 2014

VIP attends Takeshima ceremony

A senior government official attended a ceremony Saturday commemorating the “incorporation” of two tiny islets at the center of a territorial dispute with South Korea. Yoshitami Kameoka, parliamentary secretary with the Cabinet Office, represented the government at the Takeshima Day ceremony, which is named ...

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

by Eric Johnston

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...