Feb 21, 2014

The volcanoes among us

While the nation continues to step up its defense against earthquakes and tsunamis, it still hasn't made much progress in devising plans to protect people during volcanic eruptions.

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

Sep 15, 2013

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

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Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation's newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say. In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru Line ...

Aug 6, 2013

Test of Mount Fuji fee collection called success

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Yamanashi and Shizuoka took in more than ¥34 million from climbers willing to pay a fee to scale Mount Fuji, which straddles the prefectures, during a 10-day trial period this summer, prefectural officials said Tuesday. The voluntary admission fee of ¥1,000 charged between July 25 ...

Aug 1, 2013

Fuji climbers up 35% by late July

A record 79,057 people hiked up Mount Fuji in the first three weeks of July, the Environment Ministry said Thursday, crediting the mountain's UNESCO World Heritage status, bestowed in June, for the increased turnout. The number of climbers, an increase of 35 percent from the ...

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

Jul 16, 2013

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

The iconic, 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji may violently erupt if a major earthquake were to rip open its magma chamber, according to a team of researchers. The researchers include those from the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIST. Mount Fuji, which was ...