Site of canceled Ritto shinkansen station.
During a meeting (新駅設置促進協議会) in Otsu between Governor Kada Yukiko and the mayors and local assembly members of Ritto and neighboring cities on Oct. 28, 2007, the Governor announces that the project to build a new shinkansen train station in Ritto is officially cancelled.
The governor reiterated that her election in 2006 reflected the will of the people who were against the shinkansen station which would have cost Shiga and Ritto 24,000,000,000 yen. The mayor of Ritto, who had pushed hard for this new station, expresses great regret. The cancellation makes national headlines.
News article here.
In Oct. 2007, Ohmi Railways announced that it is looking to sell the Hakodate-yama Ski Resort in Imazu and Kunizakai Ski Resort in Makino (both in Takashima) due to a drastic drop in skiers in recent years. They also plan to sell Hikone Prince Hotel in Hikone.
Update: All three of these facilities have since been sold.
On Oct. 6, 2007, a dog lovers organization in Osaka drove two truckloads of stray dogs to Imazu, intending to keep them at a facility there. But they came across 250 residents sitting on the road leading to the facility to protest the move. The trucks arrived at past 1 am, and after 8 hours, they turned back. Among the road sitters was the mayor of Takashima.