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Known as a dairy town, Nakashibetsu town has forests and ranches to the tune of thousands of hectares. Cows grazing the grass are more common than meeting a local. 119 more words



On the eastern side of Hokkaido, Nemuro city is the earliest place to see the morning sun. As it is close to Russia and receives russian visitors, it is no surprise that there are russian signs and russian goods as well. 349 more words



Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Japan’s largest wetland and marsh habitat, this park is a famous spot in Eastern Hokkaido, known for its Japanese cranes. The cranes are most easily seen in winter as they gather at feeding sites. 196 more words


Voluntary nuclear evacuees to face housing assistance gap

Nine of Japan’s 47 prefectures are planning to provide financial and other support to voluntary evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster as Fukushima Prefecture is set to terminate its free housing services to them at the end of March, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned. 517 more words

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Disparities may arise in evacuee support / Fukushima Pref. to trim housing funds

Starting in spring, housing assistance for residents of Fukushima Prefecture who evacuated to other prefectures voluntarily due to the 2011 nuclear accident will vary from prefecture to prefecture and certain disparities will occur, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. 550 more words

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