• Kyodo


Ikeshima coal mine, one of Japan’s two remaining coal mines, was officially shut down here Thursday after 42 years of operations.

The move leaves Taiheiyo coal mine in Kushiro, Hokkaido, as the nation’s last colliery. Taiheiyo will be closed in 2002.

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