Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

Business / Corporate May 23, 2015

Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

About 1,000 people lined up Saturday for the opening of the first Starbucks outlet in Tottori Prefecture. Japan's least populated prefecture was the last in which the coffee chain lacked a presence. The outlet, near a train station in the city of Tottori, the prefectural capital, ...

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

National Mar 16, 2015

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

by May Masangkay

Can a boy detective succeed in luring more foreign tourists to a small western prefecture? Shinji Hirai, governor of Tottori Prefecture, sure thinks so. The boy to whom Hirai has entrusted his dream of promoting Tottori Airport and consequently Tottori, is named Conan Edogawa. But he ...

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

National Dec 19, 2013

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

by Masatoshi Chino

Daigo Ishibashi, 40, got a lump in his throat when the Tottori Prefectural Assembly passed a groundbreaking sign language promotion ordinance in early October, the first of its kind in Japan. "I felt proud. It was a historic day," Ishibashi, secretary-general of the Tottori association ...

Rare white raccoon dog caught

National Oct 18, 2013

Rare white raccoon dog caught

A rare all-white "tanuki" raccoon dog, viewed as a lucky omen, has been captured alive on a farm in Nanbu, Tottori Prefecture, near the Sea of Japan coast. Farmer Shunji Okuyama, 62, said he found the 40-cm-long animal Tuesday night in a trap he had ...

Tottori champions sign language

National Oct 8, 2013

Tottori champions sign language

The Tottori Prefectural Assembly adopted an ordinance Tuesday recognizing sign language and requiring the prefectural and municipal governments to develop environments to promote its use. It is the first ordinance in Japan to officially recognize sign language, according to the local government. Stipulating that sign language ...

National Jun 13, 2013

Railway hopes 'love station' lures romantically inclined

In an attempt to lure romantically inclined visitors, the operator of a remote railway station in Tottori Prefecture held an event Sunday marking the train stop's love-themed renovation. The walls and roof of Koiyamagata Station — one of the nation's four stations whose names contain ...

Reader Mail Oct 18, 2009

Obama's prize decided early on

Regarding the Oct. 14 editorial, "Nobel invests hope in leadership": The Japan Times, like any other newspaper in the world, certainly has a right to express its editorial opinion for or against the selection of U.S. President Barack Obama as the recipient of this ...