IKESHIMA, Nagasaki Pref. – On the small island of Ikeshima in Nagasaki Prefecture, coal mining facilities dot the landscape, testimony to the area’s heavy reliance on the Ikeshima Mine and a reminder of the devastating effect its closure will have on the local population.
The biggest problem confronting the island is finding employment for the 600 workers who will hit the unemployment line when the mine closes at the end of November after being in operation since 1959.
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