Masahiro Shimizu

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Communities hell-bent on tapping their spa resources for revival

National Dec 15, 2010

Communities hell-bent on tapping their spa resources for revival

For Hideo Yasunami, a 60-year-old innkeeper in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, "jigokumushi ryori" — literally "hell-steamed cuisine" — was just a local dish of seafood and vegetables steamed in water from the city's famed hot springs. "It's an ordinary recipe in the community. I never imagined ...

More volunteers thinning forests

National Nov 3, 2009

More volunteers thinning forests

OSAKA — The logging industry has been in decline and unable to compete with imported timber, but volunteer groups working to preserve trees in danger are surging. The value of timber production in Japan in 2007 came to ¥225.6 billion, about one-fifth of the sum ...

School kids get a grounding in financial affairs

National Jun 19, 2009

School kids get a grounding in financial affairs

The financial industry is going to school, not to boost its own knowledge but to teach children the basics in economics. Securities representatives say it is important for kids to get a good grounding in how the economy and finance work in a time when ...