Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

Feb 13, 2015

Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

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Making wine comes naturally to Ayana Misawa, having spent her childhood in vineyards watching her father and grandfather nurture cherished Koshu grapes, a variety known for its fresh and fruity overtones. Misawa and other winemakers in the wine hub of Yamanashi Prefecture are set ...

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

| Sep 29, 2014

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

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As the Mount Fuji climbing season drew to a close earlier this month, authorities were assessing the success of a new ¥1,000 voluntary climbing fee, which almost half of hikers skipped paying. It was introduced this year following a trial in 2013. Formally called ...

Jul 21, 2014

Japanese wines may get boost in LDP plan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is looking at establishing legislation designed to boost the international competitiveness of Japanese wine. Under the proposed legislation, the government would issue certificates of origin for wine and guarantee product quality if wine made from domestically grown grapes meets ...

Apr 11, 2014

Kennedy to join Abe on maglev train inspection

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to inspect a magnetically levitated train system in Yamanashi Prefecture, the government said Friday. In November, Abe met with executives from a U.S. group that is pushing to build such ...

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

Feb 21, 2014

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

A week after record snow hit the Kanto-Koshin region for the second time within the month, tourist destinations in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures are trying to lure back visitors after their numbers plunged due to road closures. Nagano Prefecture, flooded with queries regarding the ...

Feb 20, 2014

Last week's snowfall in Japan left more than 20,000 people cut off

More than 20,000 people in Tokyo and nine other prefectures in eastern Japan were cut off following heavy snowfalls last week, local government tallies showed Thursday. The total is probably higher because officials were having a tough time ascertaining the numbers in areas hit ...

Thousands still cut off by snowfall

Feb 17, 2014

Thousands still cut off by snowfall

The record snowfall that hit eastern Japan over the weekend continued to leave thousands of people stranded in remote towns in the Kanto, Tohoku and other regions on Monday. In Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, the closure of a highway has cut off some 1,200 residents, ...

Frenchman missing five days in Yamanashi mountains

Oct 25, 2013

Frenchman missing five days in Yamanashi mountains

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A Frenchman has been missing since Monday in Yamanashi Prefecture near the country’s second-highest mountain, and his friends are now desperate to raise funds to kick off a private search for him, it was learned Friday. Pascal Burel, a 50-year-old Saitama Prefecture resident, was ...

Jul 17, 2013

Yamanashi wines seek regional cachet

Hopes are growing that select wine made in Yamanashi Prefecture will earn wider global recognition after a National Tax Agency decision Tuesday designated “Yamanashi” as a geographical indication for wine. Wine brands that meet strict criteria can now be called Yamanashi wine, following the ...