Yamanashi aims to become center for wine-based tourism

Jun 17, 2017

Yamanashi aims to become center for wine-based tourism

In Yamanashi Prefecture, the top producer of wine made only from grapes grown in Japan, three cities have come together to create a plan for a wine resort. The cities of Koshu, Fuefuki and Yamanashi, which together host some 60 wineries, are collaborating to ...

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 ...