Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

May 23, 2015

Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

About 1,000 people lined up Saturday for the opening of the first Starbucks outlet in Tottori Prefecture. Japan’s least populated prefecture was the last in which the coffee chain lacked a presence. The outlet, near a train station in the city of Tottori, the ...

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

Mar 16, 2015

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

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Can a boy detective succeed in luring more foreign tourists to a small western prefecture? Shinji Hirai, governor of Tottori Prefecture, sure thinks so. The boy to whom Hirai has entrusted his dream of promoting Tottori Airport and consequently Tottori, is named Conan Edogawa. ...

Aug 20, 2014

Sakaiminato mayor to visit North Korea

The mayor of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, is set to visit a special economic zone in northeastern North Korea on Thursday, city government officials said on Tuesday. Mayor Katsuji Nakamura will apparently be the first local government head in Japan to visit North Korea since ...

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

Dec 19, 2013

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

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Daigo Ishibashi, 40, got a lump in his throat when the Tottori Prefectural Assembly passed a groundbreaking sign language promotion ordinance in early October, the first of its kind in Japan. “I felt proud. It was a historic day,” Ishibashi, secretary-general of the Tottori ...

Rare white raccoon dog caught

Oct 18, 2013

Rare white raccoon dog caught

A rare all-white “tanuki” raccoon dog, viewed as a lucky omen, has been captured alive on a farm in Nanbu, Tottori Prefecture, near the Sea of Japan coast. Farmer Shunji Okuyama, 62, said he found the 40-cm-long animal Tuesday night in a trap he ...

Tottori champions sign language

Oct 8, 2013

Tottori champions sign language

The Tottori Prefectural Assembly adopted an ordinance Tuesday recognizing sign language and requiring the prefectural and municipal governments to develop environments to promote its use. It is the first ordinance in Japan to officially recognize sign language, according to the local government. Stipulating that ...

Jun 13, 2013

Railway hopes 'love station' lures romantically inclined

In an attempt to lure romantically inclined visitors, the operator of a remote railway station in Tottori Prefecture held an event Sunday marking the train stop’s love-themed renovation. The walls and roof of Koiyamagata Station — one of the nation’s four stations whose names ...