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Craft beer boom spells hope for hops in Iwate town

Food & Drink Oct 10, 2019

Craft beer boom spells hope for hops in Iwate town

Encouraged by the craft beer boom, the city of Tono in Iwate Prefecture has been welcoming outsiders wanting to try new ways to revive its hop-growing industry and transform the community into a "beer town." Japan imports about 95 percent of hops for domestic beer ...

A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight

National Jun 23, 2019

A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight

Whenever Lee Jong-keun speaks to children about his experience as a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, he begins by showing them a picture of the mushroom cloud. Then the 90-year-old Korean explains that Japanese were not the only people who died. When it reopened in April after ...

Okinawa sees path to economic independence without U.S. bases

National Oct 27, 2018

Okinawa sees path to economic independence without U.S. bases

Okinawa hosts nearly three-quarters of the U.S. military bases in Japan, and those who oppose calls to reduce this burden have often said the island prefecture is dependent on the bases for its economy. However, some experts now say there are increasing opportunities for prosperity ...