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

by Tomohiro Osaki

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 ...

Fuji-bound hikers face summer fees

Jun 14, 2013

Fuji-bound hikers face summer fees

Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures will collect entrance fees from people seeking to climb Mount Fuji on a trial basis this summer. Yamanashi Gov. Shomei Yokouchi told reporters Wednesday in the town of Fujikawaguchiko that the prefecture “wants to move toward a trial this summer ...

High hopes for Japan's young wine

Apr 11, 2013

High hopes for Japan's young wine

by Patrice Novotny

A thousand years ago, a vine that had traveled from the coast of the Caspian Sea along the Silk Road arrived in Japan, where its fruit was heralded as having unique medicinal properties. Now, the Koshu grape fills terraces on the foothills of Mount ...