• Kyodo


Hakuba, a northern Japan Alps village in Nagano Prefecture at the foot of some of the country’s most popular ski resorts, has a problem: Global warming could leave the area without the powder snow that has long been its lifeblood.

Famed for its abundant “J-pow,” as the fluffy stuff is affectionately known by those who seek out waist-deep descents, the site of a number of the 1998 Olympics skiing events is experiencing a winter so warm that snow is thin on the ground.

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