National Feb 18, 2019

Skiers rescued by helicopter in Niigata

Two men were rescued by helicopter Monday after going missing while backcountry skiing over the weekend in a popular ski resort town in Niigata Prefecture. Takao Okawa, 59, of Kanagawa Prefecture, and Yasuhiro Kato, 38, of Tokyo, were found uninjured. They had been unaccounted for ...

Famed sake brewer carries on

National Oct 9, 2013

Famed sake brewer carries on

by Sumiyo Yoshikawa

Norimichi Kusumi, 66, can finally heave a sigh of relief having turned over the management of a 180-year-old sake brewery in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, to his son, Yoshitaka, 42, after struggling to protect the business from a series of natural disasters. The fourth son of ...

Fukushima's powder paradise

Travel Jan 19, 2013

Fukushima's powder paradise

by Christopher Johnson

I seem to have the whole mountain to myself. The vast majesty of Fukushima Prefecture spreads out below me, all around. Up here, skiing on powdery snow, zigzagging through challenging moguls, it's easy to forget about the nuclear reactors 120 km away. Say what you ...