Small town mayor re-elected for 10th time

Oct 25, 2016

Small town mayor re-elected for 10th time

Kazuyuki Tsuji, the 76-year-old mayor of a town with a population of around 1,000 in Yamanashi Prefecture secured a 10th term without a vote Tuesday. The mayor of Hayakawa remains the longest-serving municipal chief in Japan, followed by Koichiro Terashima, the 72-year-old mayor of ...

Yamanashi, Shizuoka look to partnership in Southeast Asia push

Jun 8, 2016

Yamanashi, Shizuoka look to partnership in Southeast Asia push

Two of Japan’s major fruit producing prefectures are considering joining forces to sell their fare in Southeast Asia. In a bid to take advantage of the popularity of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, Yamanashi and Shizuoka have set about exploring a partnership to sell ...

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

Dec 2, 2015

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

Three years after the deadly collapse of a road tunnel, families of the people who died have urged greater attention to aging infrastructure nationwide. A false ceiling in a highway tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture collapsed in December 2012, crushing vehicles. Pins holding concrete panels ...

Sep 28, 2015

Yamanashi minor held in stabbing death of grandparents

Police arrested an 18-year-old high school student on Monday for allegedly killing his grandparents at their home in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture. The teen, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, admitted to the charges, investigative sources said. The couple, in their 80s, ...

Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

Aug 29, 2015

Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

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Since 2011, Tokyo University of the Arts and the city of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture have been working together to redesign its Kobuchizawa Station building as part of an initiative to breathe new life into the rural area. Local citizens were involved through numerous ...

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 ...