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Squid profits squeezed as Japan's catch hits record lows

Business Jan 15, 2019

Squid profits squeezed as Japan's catch hits record lows

With the country's catch of Pacific flying squid continuing to reach record lows, wholesale prices for the seafood have more than doubled for companies that process it into delicacies such as shiokara and what are normally inexpensive dried squid snacks. Not only has the scarcity ...

Injuries claim Mount Hakodate Ropeway worker

National Dec 12, 2016

Injuries claim Mount Hakodate Ropeway worker

A 26-year-old worker for the Mount Hakodate Ropeway in Hokkaido died early Monday after his legs were caught in cable car gear. The operator shut down the aerial tramway to rescue the man, Ryohei Narita, and to inspect the equipment, temporarily stranding about 1,000 visitors ...

Hakodate artisan finds niche in revival of iron potbelly stove

Lifestyle Dec 2, 2016

Hakodate artisan finds niche in revival of iron potbelly stove

A woodwork artisan in the Hokkaido city of Hakodate has carved out a niche in the stove market, reviving interest in old-fashioned cast-iron potbelly heaters. Ryuichi Uenoyama, 51, admits to being taken aback by the flurry of orders he has received for the stoves, which ...