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Mount Fuji gets its first snowcap of the year

National Oct 26, 2017

Mount Fuji gets its first snowcap of the year

Mount Fuji donned a snowcap overnight Wednesday for the first time this season — 31 days later than last year — according to the city of Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture. The declaration follows a separate announcement by the local branch of the Meteorological Agency that the ...

Yamanashi vies for energy storage investment

Business Dec 26, 2016

Yamanashi vies for energy storage investment

A patch of land in the shadow of Mount Fuji is becoming a testing ground for energy storage, with some of Japan's leading companies trying to develop technologies such as spinning flywheels and fuel cells. The Yamanashi Prefectural Government is hoping that by attracting companies ...

Pair die after slipping from Mount Fuji trail

National Nov 21, 2016

Pair die after slipping from Mount Fuji trail

Two people were found dead on Sunday and Monday near the top of 3,776-meter Mount Fuji after falling from a trail, police said. According to the Shizuoka Prefectural Police, Ibuki Suemoto, an 18-year-old university student from Hiroshima Prefecture, called the police from his cellphone at ...

Mount Fuji draws nearly 250,000 climbers in 2016

National Sep 28, 2016

Mount Fuji draws nearly 250,000 climbers in 2016

In Japan you won't escape the crowds by climbing Mount Fuji. A total of 248,461 people ascended above the eighth stations on the mountain's four approaches this season, up 6 percent from last year, the Environment Ministry has said. The ministry on Tuesday attributed the ...