Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

Jun 23, 2014

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory in Gunma Prefecture and a cradle of Japan’s industrialization in the 19th century, has been inundated with tourists following its listing Saturday as a World Heritage site. Braving the rain, more than 100 people stood under their ...

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

May 7, 2014

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

by Yuri Kageyama

Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home — to his real home, that is — the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck. Grass grows wild in the backyard. The ceiling leaks. Thieves have ransacked the ...

Jan 30, 2014

Tepco to move Fukushima revitalization HQ to Tomioka

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to move its Fukushima reconstruction headquarters to the town of Tomioka, which is closer to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, officials said. The town, which is within 20 km of the plant, is part of the nuclear ...

Nuclear evacuation zone revised in Fukushima's Tomioka

Mar 26, 2013

Nuclear evacuation zone revised in Fukushima's Tomioka

The government exclusion-zone designation was lifted Monday for Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, and the town was realigned into three nuclear evacuation zones according to estimated annual radiation doses. Even after the revision took effect at midnight Sunday, the municipal government will keep the whole-town evacuation ...