Hokuriku Shinkansen Recovery May Take 1 To 2 Weeks

Hokuriku Shinkansen recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks

The operator of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train says it will be one or two weeks before operations along its entire route are restored due to disruptions caused by Typhoon Hagibis over the weekend.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with the central Japanese city of Kanazawa, via Nagano.

1/3 Of Hokuriku Shinkansen Trains Submerged

1/3 of Hokuriku Shinkansen trains submerged

East Japan Railway Company says one-third of its bullet trains used for the Hokuriku Shinkansen line have been damaged by flooding.

JR East says water entered a facility in Akanuma in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan. The Shinkansen carriage center is used to repair or store bullet trains.

Rough Weather In Northern Japan And Hokuriku

Rough weather in northern Japan and Hokuriku

A low pressure system and a front are causing unstable atmospheric conditions over much of the Hokuriku region and northern Japan. People are advised to beware of possible mudslides and flooding in low-lying areas due to heavy rain and strong winds.

The Meteorological Agency says unstable atmospheric conditions are causing localized rain clouds to build up in the Hokuriku region and northern Japan.

Heavy Rains Continue In Hokuriku, Tohoku

Heavy rains continue in Hokuriku, Tohoku

Japan's Meteorological Agency says intermittent torrential rain is hitting parts of the Hokuriku region along the Sea of Japan coast, as well as the Tohoku region in the northeastern part of the country.

The agency is calling on people in the region to beware of landslides, overflowing rivers, thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Hokuriku's Sole Whisky Distillery Gets Face-lift With Crowdfunding

Hokuriku's sole whisky distillery gets face-lift with crowdfundingA sake brewery with over a century of history has turned to crowdsourcing to help revamp its whisky distillery -- the only one in the Hokuriku region near the Sea of Japan -- and bring in tourists.
Wakatsuru Shuzo located in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, has been raising money via crowdfunding and other sources to refurbish the dilapidated distillery, which has fallen on hard times since the company branched into whisky-making more than 60 years ago.

Ruling Bloc Ok’s Hokuriku Shinkansen Extension

Ruling bloc OK’s Hokuriku Shinkansen extensionThe ruling bloc has decided to adopt a plan to extend the Hokuriku Shinkansen line via Obama, Fukui Prefecture, and Kyoto, informed sources said Wednesday.
A subgroup of the project team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its Komeito ally will draw up an interim report proposing the extension route on Dec. 17, and the project team will adopt it by year-end, the sources said.

Shinkansen Extension Brings Brisk Tourist Trade To Hokuriku

Shinkansen extension brings brisk tourist trade to HokurikuOnce considered off the beaten path and hard to reach, the Hokuriku region enjoyed an influx of sightseers this spring with the extension of the Shinkansen line to Kanazawa.
West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) announced April 15 that the number of passengers on the extended route of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line between Joetsu-Myoko and Itoigawa stations in Niigata Prefecture totaled 782,000, or about 25,000 daily for a month since the extended line began operations on March 14.