/ Jun 26, 2017

Two to face court over fatal 2016 Nagano ski bus crash

The head and operations manager of a charter bus company will be referred to prosecutors this week over a crash last year that killed 15 people, investigative sources said Monday. The 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based ESP and its 48-year-old former manager are suspected of professional ...

Four bodies recovered from plane crash in Northern Alps

Jun 4, 2017

Four bodies recovered from plane crash in Northern Alps

The bodies of four people were recovered Sunday from a small plane that crashed in the Northern Alps near Kurobe Dam the previous day in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, authorities said. The four were apparently on a training flight from Toyama Airport to ...

Come what may, we're doing just fine

| May 28, 2017

Come what may, we're doing just fine

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Rain had started pelting the cherry blossoms when I returned from Tokyo last month, squelching the plans of countless would-be outdoor revelers. Here in Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture the snow was melting and the Torii River, which rises in ancient Togakushi and is fed ...

Nagano village revived as stargazing mecca

May 21, 2017

Nagano village revived as stargazing mecca

Alarmed by a steep decline in customers at its hot springs, tourism officials in the village of Achi, Nagano Prefecture, asked themselves what else they could offer and looked to the starry skies it had long taken for granted. Launched in 2012, a stargazing tour ...