Tag - nagano



Mar 17, 2017
Hakuba likely to host World Cup Nordic combined event in 2018
The village of Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture is expected to host a World Cup Nordic combined competition next winter for the first time in 15 seasons, an informed source said Thursday.
Mar 7, 2017
Helicopter may have brushed trees on mountain ridge before deadly crash, officials say
A helicopter that crashed in Nagano Prefecture on Sunday, killing all nine members of the rescue crew on board, may have come into contact with trees on a mountain ridge before going down, officials said Tuesday.
Mar 6, 2017
Friends and colleagues mourn deaths of Nagano helicopter crash victims
People who knew the nine men killed in a rescue helicopter crash Sunday during a drill in Nagano Prefecture expressed painful feelings after desperately hoping for their survival.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2017
All nine crew members aboard crashed Nagano rescue helicopter confirmed dead
All nine members of a rescue squad aboard a helicopter that crashed during a drill in Nagano Prefecture over the weekend have died, it was confirmed Monday.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2017
Local government rescue helicopter with nine aboard crashes in Nagano Prefecture mountains
A Nagano Prefectural Government rescue helicopter with nine people aboard crashed in a mountainous area near Shiojiri in the prefecture Sunday, local authorities said.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Feb 22, 2017
Asian Film Festival unspools in Osaka
Why go to Osaka to see films? I may sound like an insufferable Tokyo snob asking this, but given all the hundreds of movies on offer in the nation's capital, it's worth answering to justify the shinkansen ticket.
Feb 20, 2017
Nagano's Spiral track flirts with closure as mayor mulls cost cuts after Pyeongchang Olympics
A panel at the Nagano Municipal Government on Monday called on the mayor to cut costs by closing a track used for luge, skeleton and bobsled racing at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2017
'The Collection of Matsumoto City Museum of Art: Connections, Nature and Yayoi Kusama'
Feb. 11-March 12
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 3, 2017
Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85
Shunichiro Okano, former president of the Japan Football Association and member of the International Olympic Committee, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the situation said Friday. He was 85.
Japan Times
Jan 2, 2017
Tokyo 2020 Olympics will come and quickly go, but the legacy is all-important
The eyes of the world will be on Tokyo for more than just the 16 days that it hosts the 2020 Olympics.
Dec 2, 2016
Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry
The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000).
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 28, 2016
Nagano farmer finds dead man buried on his land
A body of a man was found buried Sunday on a farm in the village of Nanmoku, Nagano Prefecture, local police said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 25, 2016
Drug unit busts 22 members of alleged Nagano 'pot communities'
The alleged marijuana smokers chose sparsely populated parts of Nagano to host music events and get high, a special narcotics unit says.
Japan Times
Sep 17, 2016
The Nagano village that modernity forgot
There is no hot water in Odairajuku, no gas-powered stoves, no fridges and — most importantly — no internet. The nearest supermarket is an hour away by car, and so is the nearest place to get a signal on your phone. But what this tiny village in southern Nagano Prefecture does offer is something...
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2016
Government to raise fines for charter bus violations by 100 times after fatal crash
The government plans to submit a bill during the upcoming extraordinary Diet session to raise the penalty a hundredfold on chartered bus business operators that fail to take safety measures after a crash that claimed 15 lives earlier this year, according to sources.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2016
New horse lodge signals the way ahead
On July 15, 2016, just a few minutes' gentle canter from our splendid Afan Trust Centre here in the hills outside Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture, we officially opened our brand-new, first-ever horse lodge.
Aug 29, 2016
Body of missing 7-year-old Nagano girl found floating in river
A girl who vanished Saturday is found dead Monday morning in a river in the village of Otari, Nagano Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2016
Zenkoji's chief priest, 82, denies sexual harassment of female staffer, refuses to step down
The 82-year-old chief abbot of the prestigious Zenkoji Temple in the city of Nagano on Tuesday rebuffed claims that he made sexually explicit or discriminatory remarks to a female staff member.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2016
The Imperial Couple's day in our woods
On Monday, June 6, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited us here at our C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust in Shinano, northern Nagano Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2016
Emperor and Empress visit central Japan forest managed by British-born author C.W. Nicol
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday paid a visit to woodland restored by British-born writer and environmentalist C.W. Nicol in Nagano Prefecture.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan