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Oct 1, 2014

Four more utilities stop signing contracts for purchasing renewable energy

Four more regional utilities said Tuesday they will stop signing contracts to buy renewable energy from mega solar power plants and other suppliers, citing transmission network capacity limitations. The move by the regional utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa follows Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s ...

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Aug 8, 2014

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Typhoon Halong is expected to make landfall on Shikoku Saturday after bringing heavy rain, high waves and strong winds to southern Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said Friday. The typhoon, the 11th of the year, is expected to dump more precipitation on rain-soaked Shikoku before heading ...

Mar 27, 2014

Ehime resident hopes to heal with island cafe

A man from Ehime Prefecture opened a cafe last May on a tiny uninhabited island near the city of Matsuyama, in what he described as an attempt to bring one of his favorite childhood haunts back to life. Visiting the island, locally known as Kashima, ...

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2014

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

By failing to align their strategies, the governments of Shikoku's four prefectures have hampered their efforts to get the island's ancient Buddhist pilgrimage trail on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Shikoku Pilgrimage trail, which links 88 temples associated with the monk Kukai, founder of ...

U.S. 'henro' tell story of Shikoku temple trek

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. 'henro' tell story of Shikoku temple trek

by Wang Yexing

With a tent and bicycles, two American women in their 20s conquered 1,500 km in 16 days in September 2012 to complete the famous Shikoku pilgrimage of 88 temples. The temples, the scenery and most of all the local people's generous hospitality made such a ...

Foreign ballplayers get chance to shine in Shikoku

Oct 28, 2013

Foreign ballplayers get chance to shine in Shikoku

by Seiya Suzuki

One of Japan's four independent baseball leagues has been actively recruiting foreign players since it got off the ground in 2005 and now counts 45 players from 11 nations and regions as veterans of its teams. The Shikoku Island League Plus consists of four teams ...