March 14 marked the second anniversary of the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line through Kanazawa. The bullet train service has continued to generate positive economic effects in the regions along the route.
The extended 228-kilometer section between Nagano and Kanazawa stations opened in March 2015. According to West Japan Railway Co. (JR West), 8.295 million passengers traveled on the section between Joetsumyoko and Itoigawa stations - part of the extended line - in the second year through the end of February, down 8 percent year on year. The operator said the decrease was smaller than it initially expected.
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors - from countries including France, Spain and Italy - were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)
Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)