Shiga History May–August 2017

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for May–August 2017 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2017-05-09 00:54:22 Otsu Mayor Koshi Naomi was interviewed in English by Foreign Press Center Japan in March. https://t.co/B2gAEFGYFW
2017-05-09 11:41:34 In Moriyama this morning, Yoshimi Elementary School teacher Nakano Keiji (中野啓治, 59) arrested for DUI as he was driving erratically to work.
2017-05-09 11:56:02 Age 22 Inoue Yuta 井上裕太 & two age 14 boys arrested for breaking windows w/rocks at 4 primary & junior high schools in Omi-Hachiman in April.
2017-05-11 17:27:21 Former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (30) 小島崇靖 arrested for embezzling ¥30 mil.+ from tax-paying residents by falsifying data.
2017-05-11 17:38:02 Food Bank for accepting corporate food donations will be established to supply food to 63 Kodomo Shokudo kitchens for kids in rural Shiga.
2017-05-14 07:07:20 2nd video of our mini concert in Imazu featuring Biwako reed flute players Kikui Satoru & Kondo Yumiko. So pretty! https://t.co/hwjhfqFGiX
2017-05-16 21:10:00 Shiga Lakestars’ 1st season in the new B.League’s B1 Div. ended with 21 wins & 30 losses, putting them in last place in the West Conference.
2017-05-17 11:07:36 KEPCO’s No. 4 nuclear reactor at Takahama in Fukui was restarted today despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga.
2017-05-17 11:19:14 All shinkansen between Gifu-Hashima & Maibara had to stop tonight for 30 min. when someone went on the tracks at Maibara Station at 5:50 pm.
2017-05-18 11:24:53 98.5% of Shiga’s 2,166 high school graduates in 2017 have found employment. An increase of 0.5% over 2016 & exceeding 98% 4 years in a row.
2017-05-19 10:40:49 The problem with this New York Times article is that “Shiga” is not mentioned at all. Only “near Kyoto.” https://t.co/hJ2SDfsGwB
2017-05-23 11:12:09 Since 2001, 502 non-serious traffic accidents caused by Shiga Prefectural Government employees went unpunished. This oversight now finally corrected.
2017-05-24 23:00:28 Shiga Pref. Gov’t male worker suspended for 2 months for sexual harassment of female worker verbally, forcing lunch date, touching her chest
2017-05-24 23:01:28 Shiga Prefectural Government managerial male worker suspended 4 months for sexual harassment of 2 female workers, touching her hip & thighs, emailing.
2017-05-24 23:02:14 The names, dept., and age of the two male Shiga Prefectural Government workers suspended for sexual harassment have not been disclosed as required.
2017-05-24 23:02:45 Despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga, KEPCO’s No. 3 & 4 nuclear reactors at Oi in Fukui passed safety standards for a restart.
2017-05-26 06:48:47 After 3 seasons, Shiga Lakestars head coach Toyama Koto 遠山向人 will be leaving the team upon completing his contract. His replacement TBA.
2017-05-26 06:50:58 Higashi-Omi Odako giant kite festival will not be restarted until ongoing litigation over the death & injury of spectators in 2015 ends.
2017-05-26 10:16:53 Moriyama city has signed a cooperative agreement with Sagawa Art Museum to offer art education & free admission to local kids & residents.
2017-05-28 08:35:56 Nagahama Royal Hotel’s kitchen suspended for 3 days from May 27 for causing norovirus food poisoning of 36 tourists from Kobe on May 20.
2017-05-29 12:10:38 Delicious lunch today with samurai chopsticks at Azai Sanshimai (sisters) Roadside Station in Nagahama (opened in March 2017). #道の駅浅井三姉妹の郷 
2017-05-31 11:24:55 Huge lotus pond at Karasuma in Kusatsu decimated since summer 2016. Expert says, “Sandy soil is bad, very little chance of recovery.” Sad! 
2017-06-01 14:38:12 Near Nagahama Castle in Hokoen Park today, they started building the new Biwako Shuko no Uta Verse 3 song monument. First the foundation… 
2017-06-02 10:21:57 Taga-native and Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto got double-digit strikeouts 7 games in a row, breaking Hideo Nomo’s record.
2017-06-04 11:00:39 Great show by the Blue Impulse aerobatic team over Hikone today to celebrate the castle’s 410th anniversary. Sakura in the sky and more. 
2017-06-06 13:44:56 KEPCO’s No. 3 nuclear reactor at Takahama in Fukui was restarted today despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga.
2017-06-06 13:51:13 51-year-old Australian Shawn Dennis has become the Shiga Lakestars’ new head coach. Previously an assistant coach for Tochigi Brex.
2017-06-06 14:05:08 Age 43 male worker at JA Kita-Biwako agricultural cooperative embezzled ¥44.77 mil. from people’s accounts for 2 years from Feb. 2015.
2017-06-13 04:56:05 American Jesse LeFebvre, an ordained Shingon (Buzan) Buddhist priest doing the Saigoku Pilgrimage, appointed as Otsu’s Tourism Ambassador.
2017-06-16 14:30:11 Founded in Hikone in 1933, Takata Corporation (4 factories in Shiga) is applying for financial rehabilitation due to massive airbag recalls.
2017-06-16 14:51:38 Official warnings issued to 6 of 36 educators in Shiga who received money/favors from textbook publishers to evaluate textbooks under review
2017-06-18 18:42:13 Yokozuna Hakuho & Miyagino Stable are lodging in Nagahama for the Nagoya tourney. He treated local kids & fans with sumo demo & chankonabe.
2017-06-27 15:45:22 Ninja birthplaces Koka and Iga have signed an agreement to work together to attract more tourists.
2017-06-27 15:56:29 Takata Corporation’s bankruptcy is causing anxiety in Shiga with 4 factories & over 50 subcontractors. Sharp, Toshiba, & now Takata. So sad!
2017-06-28 08:26:29 To mark the 100th anniversary of Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song), the Japan Post Office issued these stamps sold only in Shiga. https://t.co/b8vnhQ8qRz
2017-06-28 08:33:00 The annual Biwako Shuko no Uta choir contest held in Imazu on June 25 was extra special this year with singer Kato Tokiko also appearing. 
2017-06-28 08:35:21 After the choir contest, 120 rowers sang in front of the song monument at Imazu Port including singer Kato Tokiko & former Gov. Kada Yukiko. 
2017-06-28 08:41:29 Also on June 25, a new song monument (Verse 3) was unveiled near Nagahama Castle with Kato Tokiko attending. It’s a glass bench. 
2017-06-28 08:43:19 On June 24–27, 120 rowers took turns rowing around Lake Biwa on 3 boats. They sang at each song monument along the way. Here’s Mt. Ibuki. https://t.co/mwgX6mCiWS
2017-06-28 08:56:40 なぞり周航の最後に大津市の越市長もよく述べた:「周航の歌が世界にも広がることを期待する」(毎日新聞6月28日の滋賀版)。 https://t.co/la8viiqbRZ
2017-06-28 09:25:16 なぞり周航が無事に終わって本当にお疲れ様でした。その企画と実行が大変だったと思いますが、皆さんがよく連携・協力して改めてこの歌のパワーが感じさせられました。凄いなと思いました。滋賀ってやればできるよ。Rowers sing at the Verse 5 monument. https://t.co/86G7dCAUvM
2017-06-30 16:58:23 The 1st Biwako Ongakusai concert at Biwako Hall last night ended with everyone singing Biwako Shuko no Uta for the grand finale. #びわ湖音楽祭 
2017-07-01 09:32:10 RT @Lefa_heart: びわ湖音楽祭、フィナーレの写真です

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2017-07-05 15:40:59 NHK滋賀より:「外国人へ情報発信するのが下手」。延暦寺だけの問題ではない。県内のほとんどの名所や観光施設はそうなんです。英語があってもその質または量が低い。大津が個別に対策をとってもあまり効果はない。まず、滋賀の全体の改革が必要(全市町で)。個別の連携ではなく、全体的の連携を。
2017-07-09 13:49:56 Talked about Lake Biwa Rowing Song at my university lecture in Japanese in Tokyo on July 8. #都内の国立大学 
2017-07-09 13:59:25 Child kabuki from Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri (Kasuga-zan) & Asakusa performed today at Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo. #長浜曳山祭東京公演 #子ども歌舞伎 #浅草こども歌舞伎 
2017-07-10 12:47:04 Maibara City Hall manager (40s) in health/welfare dept fired on June 28 for falsifying his work hours to receive ¥2.7 mil. in overtime pay.
2017-07-10 12:47:42 Last week, a Hino High School teacher (31) was charged with displaying obscene materials electronically. The principle apologized to parents
2017-07-10 12:48:00 Hino High School math teacher Kitanaka Ryosuke (北中涼裕, 25) arrested for spreading malicious rumors on social media about an 18-year-old woman.
2017-07-10 12:48:36 The new shopping complex “Ekimachi Nagahama” that replaces the old Heiwado in front of Nagahama Station will open on July 29. #えきまち長浜
2017-07-11 11:58:20 At Otsu District Court, former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (小島崇靖, 30) pleaded guilty of embezzling ¥440,000+ of tax money.
2017-07-11 12:00:58 Former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (#小島崇靖, 30) had previously been indicted of embezzling ¥1.64 mil+ of tax money.
2017-07-12 05:51:04 オリテ米原。頑張っているから批判したくないけど、普通の方は「降りて」ではなく「織り手」をイメージするじゃないの?そしてこのネーミングは外国人には対象外、無縁となっている。例えば、2020年にニュージーランドの東京五輪のホッケー選手にOrite Maibara!と言っても通じない。
2017-07-12 06:23:58 「市役所」を”City Hall”に統一することは賛成です。その標識や表示を変えるのが大変ですね。
2017-07-12 06:35:49 滋賀県内の道路管理者たちが標識の英語表記を統一するためにガイドラインが作ったそうですが、この一部を見てもまだよくない英語表記が多い。Mt.の後に一個のスペースが必要。「長浜鉄道スクエア」もMuseumの代わりにSquareにしろう。2017年6月9日の中日新聞滋賀版より 
2017-07-13 12:41:18 Summer 2017 fireworks schedule in Shiga: https://t.co/O392NMg8p4 #滋賀県花火大会情報
2017-07-14 13:49:10 Shiga policeman (20s) charged with driving w/o a driver’s license for 11 days in May. Punished with a salary reduction, but he has resigned.
2017-07-14 13:59:24 Hikone Welfare Center worker Fujimoto Toshiya (34, #藤本稔也) arrested for exposing himself to a jr. high school girl on the street from his car
2017-07-14 14:31:35 Shiga Prefectural Government Enterprise Dept. (企業庁) worker (51) punished with a mere 10% pay cut for 15-mo. sexual harassment of female co-worker. #ヤツの名前を公表しろう
2017-07-18 12:59:01 Trial runs of self-driving mini buses from Oku-Eigenji Keiryu-no-Sato (奥永源寺渓流の里) roadside station in Higashi-Omi are planned for this fall.
2017-07-19 09:48:30 Rainy season ended yesterday in Kinki Region. Hot & sunny days are forecast for the next 7 days. Have a fun & safe summer.
2017-07-19 10:29:16 「熱中症」は和英辞書がいつもheatstrokeとなっているが、heat illnessが一番近いと思う。Heatstroke(熱射病)は一番重度で死の危険性がある。「夏バテ」も適当な英語はないけど、summer fatigueかしら。皆さんも暑い夏に健康第一、ご自愛ください。
2017-07-30 14:46:06 Former Biwako Visitors Bureau Tokyo Office Manager Ito Masahiro (60, 伊藤雅博) charged with falsifying & pocketing ¥1.24 mil in travel expenses. Shocking!!
2017-07-30 15:04:02 In Moriyama, Hotel Laforet Biwako renovated, rebranded, and reopened on July 28 as Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel (琵琶湖マリオットホテル).
2017-07-30 15:21:12 The new Ekimachi Terrace replacing the old Heiwado in front of Nagahama Station had a grand opening on July 29. https://t.co/480Sn2gVTS
2017-07-30 15:30:43 Shiga’s new “floating school” under construction will be named “Uminoko” (Child of the Lake) (うみのこ), the same name as the current ship. 
2017-08-02 05:13:25 日野町立図書館でお子さんたち用の英語のイベントが無料で8月23日、25日に開催される。オーストラリア人のセーラ・ニシナさんから。 https://t.co/aEW4OcNVmy
2017-08-06 03:06:53 Kusatsu Basho sumo exhibition tournament held at

Kusatsu Gym on July 31. Sold-out crowd of 3,288 saw Yokozuna Hakuho & other sumo stars. https://t.co/ZwKyuV2d1V

2017-08-06 03:15:32 One of Japan’s oldest train stations in operation since 1916, Hino Station is undergoing major renovations and now looks bold & modern.
2017-08-07 04:28:40 Not a good day to visit Shiga today. Typhoon No. 5 (Noru) passing through until tonight. Lots of rain in northern Shiga too.
2017-08-07 06:25:32 Due to the typhoon, some trains (Shin-kaisoku) will be canceled on the Tokaido/Biwako Line.
2017-08-07 06:27:07 Trains are not running on the Kusatsu Line between Kibukawa and Tsuge and beyond to Kameyama, Kamo, and Iga-Ueno.
2017-08-07 06:56:42 Heavy rain & wind warnings issued for the entire city of Konan. Eight evacuation centers have opened in the city. https://t.co/OIlhpIeiKC
2017-08-07 07:34:23 All boat cruises on Lake Biwa, including Michigan paddle wheeler, have been canceled today. Shigaraki Kogen Railway trains also canceled.
2017-08-07 11:42:31 Most of Shiga is now under the windiest part of the typhoon. No reports of major damage nor injuries so far. Stay safe everyone! https://t.co/QHWiioMm08
2017-08-07 14:18:22 @missyukky 録画して見ました。湖南の皆さん(特に藍染の師匠)が元気そうで嬉しかったです。下田焼の奥さんも映って欲しかった。ほとんどは夫婦や家族で頑張っているので素晴らしい。いつか下田なすも食べたいな。
2017-08-08 03:08:36 Very slow-moving Typhoon No. 5 drenched Shiga well over 12 hours, but no injuries. Anegawa River overflowed in Nagahama flooding a few homes
2017-08-08 03:41:55 Trains not running on JR Hokuriku Line between Maibara and Tsuruga, and on JR Kosei Line between Omi-Maiko and Omi-Shiotsu.
2017-08-08 03:46:55 Hikone Higashi High School beat Hasami (Nagasaki) 6-5 today in the 1st game of the Summer Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017-08-08 07:53:50 Trains now running on JR Hokuriku Line and JR Kosei Line, but on a slower schedule. Other train lines in Shiga running normally.
2017-08-10 12:35:31 In Moriyama, Yoshimi Elementary School teacher Nakano Keiji (中野啓治, 60), arrested for DUI in May, was suspended for 6 mo., but resigned today
2017-08-10 12:39:03 Prince Akishino, wife Kiko, and son Prince Hisahito visited a traditional brush maker in Takashima today as part of their summer vacation.
2017-08-14 09:55:09 Hikone Higashi High School lost to Aomori Yamada 2-6 today in their 2nd game of the Summer Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017-08-14 10:11:00 Hikone City Hall, undergoing renovations for earthquake resistance until May 2019, has temporarily moved into AL Plaza Hikone, 3rd & 4th fl.
2017-08-14 10:14:46 Hikone-native sprinter Kiryu Yoshihide & teammates won the bronze for the men’s 4x100m final at IAAF World Championships London on Aug. 12.
2017-08-14 21:04:46 8月11日にNHKラジオ「ラジオ深夜便」の番組が「琵琶湖周航の歌」を紹介しました。聞き逃した方のためにホームページで聞けます。2017年8月11日のスライダーを21:40にします。~Lefa~の歌声と歌の研究家の飯田忠義先生が出演。https://t.co/GFIJ5v8Vcs
2017-08-14 21:06:20 Biwako Shuko no Uta 100th Anniversary photo essay in English: https://t.co/88LckAT4Ci
2017-08-18 16:11:02 At Lake Biwa Museum, the Baikal seal tank is too small. The 2 seals can hardly swim around. Very shy, couldn’t see their faces. #バイカルアザラシ 
2017-08-22 04:35:34 Nice to see my “We love Shiga” logo spreading around, even in Brazil. Free to use! 
2017-08-25 19:35:42 Epic war movie “Sekigahara” opens in theaters today in Japan w/Okada Jun’ichi as Nagahama-native Ishida Mitsunari. 
2017-08-28 09:56:53 Shiga’s 6th graders & 3rd-year jr high kids scored lower than the nat’l average on all scholastic achievement tests in April.#学力テスト4年連続平均下回る
2017-08-30 14:55:26 映画「関ヶ原」を見た。三成がメインでまぁまぁ面白かった。「近江」や「琵琶湖」が頻繁に聞く。滋賀のロケも多い(彦根城、龍潭寺、百済寺、延暦寺、日吉大社、愛知川など)。秀吉への三献の茶の場面と三成の斬首前に秀秋や家康との対面が面白い。架空の人物もいるのでやはりフィクションの作品。
2017-08-31 13:30:52 Due to fewer sales & customers, Otsu Parco shopping complex closed today after 21 years in business since 1996. Movie theaters remain open.

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Shiga History January–April 2017

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Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for January–April 2017 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2017/1/3 2:16 Happy 2017! It’s a warm New Year’s, hardly any snow on Mt. Ibuki. Wishing you a healthy and good 2017.
2017/1/6 10:05 Hikone’s mascot Hiko-nyan received 11,796 New Year’s nenga postcards this new year as of Jan. 6, 2017. About 300 more than last year.
2017/1/6 10:20 In Shiga, 7,855 men and 7,200 women (born April 2, 1996–April 1, 1997) will mark their Coming-of-Age on Jan. 9. 440 more than last year.
2017/1/6 11:53 2017 NHK Taiga Drama “Onna Joshu Naotora” (#おんな城主直虎) from Jan. 8 will be about Ii Naotora, Hikone Castle Lord Ii Naomasa’s adoptive mother.
2017/1/9 8:27 Kyoto University Rowing Club’s official 2017 calendar includes “Lake Biwa Rowing Song” English lyrics for the 1st time. https://t.co/gs1pnsLbpe
2017/1/14 3:57 Hip-hop PR video for Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary (Mar. 18–Dec. 10, 2017) going viral (in Japanese only). https://t.co/sIm341BZsF
2017/1/15 3:08 Good news for skiers. Snow in most of Shiga this weekend, especially northern Shiga.
2017/1/16 5:13 Hino & Higashi-Omi are holding a Hina doll tour for foreigners on Feb. 25 for ¥2,000. Send application by Feb. 10. https://t.co/edXxRI893e
2017/1/17 13:59 Docomo cell phone users in Otsu & parts of Kyoto are having connection problems due to the heavy snow & power outages disrupting cell towers
2017/1/17 15:24 Funny weekly manga about Shiga by Sakana Kouji (in Japanese only). Updated every Fri. 滋賀の面白い漫画 by さかなこうじ https://t.co/whiKwY1t6S
2017/1/18 12:49 Shiga Pref. Government will bar Dentsu from bidding on any PR-related contract jobs citing the overworked Dentsu employee’s suicide (高橋まつり).
2017/1/24 10:08 Heavy snow in northern Shiga continued from yesterday, delaying trains/buses & causing traffic jams. 115 schools in Shiga were closed today.
2017/1/26 4:26 A deliberation committee (琵琶湖周航の歌100周年記念促進協議会) met for the 1st time to plan the PR for the 100th anniv. of Biwako Shuko no Uta rowing song.
2017/1/26 13:25 Heavy snow has destroyed or damaged 123 greenhouses mostly in eastern Shiga, damaging 0.52 ha of crops like mizuna & spinach.
2017/1/27 10:28 For the second year in a row, Shiga Gakuen will represent Shiga at the 2017 Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament
2017/1/31 9:21 Made my first Lake Biwa pearl brooch at a workshop conducted by Otsu-based Jinbo Pearls this past weekend in Shibuya, Tokyo. That was fun! 
2017/2/8 18:47 Sep. 2016: Five Ayaha H.S. #綾羽高校 baseball players in Kusatsu shoplifted shoes at a sports shop. They received “guidance” and quit the team.
2017/2/10 15:42 Omi-Hachiman is taking steps to eliminate or hide utility poles to beautify and protect its traditional townscapes from March 2018. #無電柱化
2017/2/10 15:44 Heavy snow is expected to continue this weekend in Shiga, especially in Hikone, Maibara, and Nagahama.
2017/2/13 20:46 Four Keihan Railways station names will change in March 2018: Hama-Otsu, Sakamoto, Bessho, & Ojiyama. Otsu will pay ¥15 mil. for the change.
2017/2/14 15:26 Enryakuji’s Tendai Zasu Abbot 森川宏映座主 held a service at Kyoto’s Nishi Hongwanji for the 1st time on the 1,000th anniv. of Genshin’s death.
2017/2/24 22:58 Shiga dept stores have joined the “Premium Friday” campaign on the last Fri. of the month to cater to workers who get off work early at 3 pm
2017/3/4 15:47 Shiga food/crafts at the 29th Omi Fair in Takashimaya Dept. Store Nihonbashi Branch 8th floor in Tokyo, March 8–13. https://t.co/YIy7P3xool
2017/3/5 5:48 Kenyan Ezekiel Kiptoo Chebii won the 72nd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon today in 02:09:06, Sasaki Satoru was 4th at 02:10:10.
2017/3/7 2:06 Nagahama International Friendship Association 長浜市民国際交流協会 has started English Cafe for English conversation. Next one will be on March 12. https://t.co/B2FS2yvNST
2017/3/8 14:02 Heard interesting discussions & met people at the Japan Heritage International Forum in Tokyo, March 7. Lake Biwa is also a Japan Heritage. https://t.co/mtWFWshACP
2017/3/11 7:38 Hikone Castle garden Genkyuen’s pond is undergoing major repairs. Pond water has been drained. Looks very drab now.  
2017/3/11 7:40 In front of Nagahama Station, the new shopping/restaurant complex on the old Heiwado site should be opening soon. 
2017/3/11 7:44 March 12 is the last day of the Nagahama Bonbaiten #長浜盆梅展 plum blossom bonsai exhibition (now in peak bloom) in the Keiunkan (慶雲館). 
2017/3/11 7:58 Actress Kaho Tsuchimura (center) #土村芳 was at Hikone Castle’s Tenbin Yagura on March 10 to film NHK TV morning drama series “Beppin-san.” 
2017/3/17 9:26 Tasted Shiga’s famous Salad Roll サラダパン for the 1st time. Basically a hot dog bun with mayonnaise and small slices of takuan pickled radish. 
2017/3/17 9:30 初めてサラダパンを食べました(木之本のつるやパンより)。なんか戦後の昭和時代っぽいな懐かしい味でした。素朴な作りで誰でも同じもんが作れそう。こんなもんで人気・有名になるなんてちょっと驚きました。外国人にもオススメできるかどうかはちょっと微妙です。 https://t.co/SrqATDPmU6
2017/3/18 3:59 The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga will close on March 31, 2017 for 3 years for major renovations. See their last exhibition before it closes.
2017/3/18 4:00 Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary celebration started today with special exhibits inside castle buildings. Ends on Dec. 10, 2017.
2017/3/18 14:34 HigashiOmi police sergeant Kumita Masaya 汲田昌也 (36) arrested for threatening to kill his GF over the phone when she tried to break up w/him.
2017/3/18 14:48 Eight Nagahama policemen punished for sexual harassment of 2 policewomen in Nov. by using a pro wrestler’s hold on the women and taking pics. 
2017/3/18 14:59 Otsu City Hall miscalculated tax bills and national health insurance premiums & benefits totaling ¥12.99 mil. affecting 272 Otsu citizens.
2017/3/18 15:05 Earlier this month, Hikone City Hall sent 27 “My Number” personal ID cards (indicating the birthdate, address, etc.) to the wrong addresses.
2017/3/18 15:09 Hiko-nyan will have a new official pose, showing him with both arms raised (banzai) and smiling.
2017/3/19 9:47 Spouse seekers in Higashi-Omi reach out through bathhouse poetry serenading – The Mainichi 歌垣風呂 銭湯の壁越しに歌を詠み合い「婚活」 https://t.co/zzufegvvde
2017/3/22 11:11 Former Gamo-Higashi Elementary School head teacher Arikawa Tomoaki (50, 有川智章) found guilty of forcing 4 women to meet him after sending candid pics
2017/3/22 11:19 As of Jan. 1, 2017, Shiga’s average land prices have fallen 9 years in a row, by -0.4% over 2016. Land prices in Kusatsu & Moriyama rose.
2017/3/22 11:31 Toray Arrows pro volleyball player Kimura Saori retired this month after a 12-year pro career including 4 Summer Olympics & a bronze medal.
2017/3/22 11:39 Shiga Gakuen beat Tokai Univ. Ichihara Boyo H.S. 6-2 in their 1st game at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien nat’l high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/22 12:33 Itoen is selling their Koi-cha #濃い茶 bottled tea (525 ml) with a special “Mother Lake” sakura label until Mar. 31 for Lake Biwa donations. 
2017/3/23 13:00 Otsu mayor Koshi Naomi is taking a voluntary 30% pay cut next month to make amends for 7 corrupt city employees in the past 2 months.
2017/3/23 13:04 From Maibara, the “My Bara” 米バラ umeshu plum cake shaped like a rose (bara) is very good. Sold at Ibuki-no-Sato Road Station 伊吹の里 in Maibara. 
2017/3/24 11:14 At a Heiwado in Otsu, bought up all the Itoen Koi-cha #濃い茶 bottled tea with the special “Mother Lake” label. It’s for a spring party… https://t.co/PszEIdUym7
2017/3/24 11:18 Monreve bakery in Moriyama is famous for Funazushi Pie, a cookie made with funazushi fermented Biwako carp. Love it! 
2017/3/24 13:08 守山駅の近くにある洋菓子店モンレーブのふなずしパイ(10枚入り¥1250)。商品開発に苦労されたそうですが、さすがのヒット商品。うなぎパイと連想して甘そうと思いがちけど、全く甘くない。 鮒寿司の独特な匂いも味も見事に取り入れている。本物の鮒寿司が苦手の方にはこれがいい。 https://t.co/OtxcFvjLPn
2017/3/26 9:25 Shiga Gakuen tied w/Fukuoka-dai Ohori 1-1 in their 2nd game today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/26 10:19 English guide to Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary (March 18 to December 10, 2017). https://t.co/7aSlRdxzUQ
2017/3/28 9:52 Shiga Gakuen lost to Fukuoka-dai Ohori 3–5 in the tiebreaker today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/28 17:22 Osaka High Court overturned Otsu District Court’s injunction against the restart of KEPCO’s No. 3 & 4 nuclear reactors at Takahama in Fukui.
2017/3/30 16:58 Head teacher (50) at Tamao Elementary School in Higashi-Omi suspended for 6 mo. for injuring a man with a beer mug during a quarrel last Aug.
2017/4/1 15:34 Modern Museum of Art, Shiga now closed for 3 years of major renovations & expansion to house Shiga’s art treasures & works by the disabled. https://t.co/19pvloW6TB
2017/4/1 15:38 滋賀県立近代美術館の3年間の休館で数十名の職員が解雇されました。皆さん、お疲れ様でした。再就職先が見つければいいですね。頑張ってください。 https://t.co/Sc4nujdn7y
2017/4/2 14:41 Bye-bye Hashimoto Naoko 橋本奈穂子 (Kinomoto native), today’s her last day as newscaster on NHK News 7. We’ll miss you. https://t.co/dBddQ3RSDX 
2017/4/3 12:46 Otsu City Hall today created a new dept. (未来まちづくり部) that will work to model the city after Geneva, Switzerland. Good luck to them.
2017/4/4 13:53 In this building next to Nihonbashi Station, Shiga will open its new Tokyo PR center and gift shop this Oct. to boost its brand recognition. 
2017/4/5 15:12 Only 38% of Shiga’s non-native jr. high English teachers & 62% of high school English teachers have EIKEN Grade Pre-1 or higher. 英検準1級
2017/4/5 15:21 Only 37.1% of Shiga’s jr. high students have attained EIKEN Grade 3 & 31.5% of high school students have attained Grade 2 or higher. 英検3級
2017/4/5 15:30 なんで学校で日本人の先生が英語を教えるの?Nativeはダメ?アメリカでは外国語を教えている先生のほとんどはそのnativeの方です。私もアメリカで日本語を習った時(小学校〜大学)、先生はほとんど日本人でした。じゃないと、教える資格がないし、生徒たちも信用できへん。
2017/4/9 20:22 Here’s the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri 2017 Festival Schedule in English. Child kabuki on April 13 to 16. https://t.co/bP8QrU33aM
2017/4/11 13:32 A few glass windows were found shattered by fist-size rocks at four primary & intermediate schools in Omi-Hachiman on April 11 morning.
2017/4/12 5:49 毎日新聞(滋賀版)、ありがとうございました。
2017/4/17 6:06 滋賀版の朝日新聞、毎日新聞、読売新聞、産経新聞、そして特に中日新聞、どうもありがとうございました。当日の熱い日差しの中、お疲れ様でした。 https://t.co/Ejlkdq9XCz
2017/4/19 12:00 Kaizu-Osaki lakeshore road (Rt. 557) blocked by landslide. Section between Osaki-dera & Nihonmatsu is closed. Take Rt. 161 & 303 instead.
2017/4/22 4:23 Went on a Sakura Cruise from Imazu Port in mid-April. Got off the boat at Kaizu-Osaki Port and walked around for 30 min. Beautiful! #桜クルーズ 
2017/4/22 6:46 5-min. video of our live performance of “Lake Biwa Rowing Song,” April 16, 2017 at Imazu Port in Takashima.
2017/4/26 2:00 “We are ready” says Gov. Mikazuki with regard to emergency measures for any missile attack by North Korea on its army’s 85th anniv.
2017/4/26 15:21 I’m not complaining, but my “We love (place name)” slogan seems to have inspired copycats in Shiga. Maibara cable TV & visitors bureau FB. 
2017/4/28 6:55 Martin Stack, one of the best friends we ever had in Shiga, is battling an illness. Friends in Shiga made this video: https://t.co/UGWv8G63Kf
2017/4/29 8:54 Ninja-related sites in Koka and Iga (Mie) have been jointly designated as a Japan Heritage by the Agency for Cultural Affairs on April 28.
2017/4/29 8:56 Very strange that the Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki house is not part of the Japan Heritage designation. #甲賀流忍術屋敷 https://t.co/IgEnlaR0yD
2017/4/29 9:03 えーっ!なんで が日本遺産に入ってないの??油日神社などの社寺が入っているのに。おかし過ぎるよ。俳優Harrison Fordも訪れた屋敷だぜ。日本遺産審査委員会よ、もっとよく調べなあかん。https://t.co/IgEnlaR0yD

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Shiga History September–December 2016

Inui Yukiko at the Olympic victory parade in Ginza, Tokyo.

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for September–December 2016 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2016/9/1 7:28 Between May 1 and Aug. 28, 2016, 582 people in Shiga were taken to a hospital due to heat exhaustion. 110 of them required hospitalization.
2016/9/1 7:31 Due to poor sales and increased competition, the Otsu Parco store will close at the end of Aug. 2017 and be replaced by a new owner.
2016/9/2 15:17 Kyoto Univ. research group found relatively high concentrations of microplastics in southern Lake Biwa. How they affect fish is unknown.
2016/9/2 15:24 Kusatsu cram school teacher Yabunaka Hirofumi (籔中博文) arrested for groping a high school student & shooting nude pics of underage female teen.
2016/9/3 6:34 Mugwort-flavored soft-serve ice cream (yomogi soft cream) on Mt. Ibuki is yummy! https://t.co/L5Wj1g2XUL https://t.co/uy1GHexvfV
2016/9/5 16:09 A few members of the Shiga Kenjinkai in southern California appeared on NHK TV today singing “Hana wa Saku.”

2016/9/6 4:50 Members of the Nanka Shiga Club (Shiga Kenjinkai) in southern California wore nice T-shirts at their summer picnic!

2016/9/7 14:06 Shiga Univ. Education Dept.’s primary school teacher Yamashita Tomoyoshi (39, 山下那義) arrested for groping a 16-year-old girl on a Kyoto train.
2016/9/7 14:07 Voter turnout among 18 & 19-year-olds in Shiga in the July Upper House election was only 50.57%, lower than Shiga’s overall 56.52% turnout.
2016/9/7 14:12 Lake Biwa is plagued with the most water bloom ever recorded. Found in 12 locations for a record 32 days as of Sept. 6, 2016.
2016/9/13 16:10 As of Sept. 1, 2016, Shiga had the most centenarians ever at 637 (as old as age 110), 38 more than in 2015. Only 66 of them are men.
2016/9/13 16:17 As of July 2016, 24.7% of Shiga’s pop. of 1.4 million was age 65 or older. Taga had the highest percentage of 33.3%, then Takashima at 33.3%
2016/9/14 15:15 Ritto native, paralympic swimmer KIMURA Keiichi won the silver in the 50m freestyle & bronze in the 100m breaststroke in Rio!
2016/9/21 18:35 For 8 years in a row, Shiga’s average land price has fallen. As of July 1, 2016, it fell by -0.4%. Higher in the south, but not in the north
2016/9/24 23:58 Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri (Sanbaso dancer ) at Tourism Expo Japan at Tokyo Big Sight yesterday. Musicians also played. https://t.co/jyDeMr4Y3z
2016/9/25 9:36 In Otsu yesterday, Shiga Lakestars lost their 1st basketball game in the new B.League against SeaHorses Mikawa, 78-83.
2016/9/30 22:46 Lake Biwa Museum’s website remains offline after a 2nd DDoS attack on Sept. 24 supposedly by anti-whaling Anonymous. http://www.lbm.go.jp/ 
2016/9/30 22:54 Renovated Otsu Station building reopened today with a capsule hotel, tourist info center, free rental bicycles, eateries, & outdoor terrace.
2016/10/1 13:42 Shiga’s 6th graders and 3rd-year jr high students scored lower than the national average on scholastic achievement tests in April.
2016/10/3 11:08 Paralympic swimmer KIMURA Keiichi from Ritto awarded Shiga’s sports honor award for winning 4 medals in Rio, his 3rd Paralympic Games.
2016/10/6 15:51 Nango Jr. High in Otsu has started English classes conducted only in English. All of Otsu’s Jr. high schools will have such classes by 2019.
2016/10/7 13:34 Shiga natives KIRYU Yoshihide (w/IIZUKA Shota) and synchronized swimmer INUI Yukiko appeared in the Olympic parade in Ginza, Tokyo today. https://t.co/dXnDZAd1V7
2016/10/11 8:38 Otsu mayor Koshi prayed today on the 5th anniversary of the bullied 13-year-old jr high school student’s suicide. https://t.co/vyAtmguM1O
2016/10/11 8:44 Maibara Station’s east side now rents out bicycles. Cycle Station has 60 bicycles of various types. Rental rates start from ¥3,500 per day.
2016/10/14 11:29 A lack of oxygen in the mud due to sedimentation of old lotus plants stunted the growth of lotus flowers at Karasuma Peninsula this summer.
2016/10/17 14:36 Remains of large Kofun-Period structures & evidence of iron-making found at Inabe ruins in Hikone. Possibly related to the Yamatai Kingdom.
2016/10/17 14:47 Shiga Prefectural Personnel Committee recommended a raise for over 18,000 pref. employees that will cost an additional ¥1.1 billion/year.
2016/10/21 14:44 Today’s M6.6 earthquake in Tottori also shook Shiga at M2 or M3 which caused no damage.
2016/10/27 6:20 11-year-old boy in Shiga was taken into custody by police for sending a bomb threat letter to Ohara Elementary School in Maibara on Oct. 19.
2016/11/1 2:25 A record 20 million foreign tourists visited Japan in 2016 as of Oct. 30, and the number visiting Shiga is also increasing, but still low.
2016/11/2 13:55 20 Shiga prefectural employees logged over 1,000 hours of overtime last fiscal year. Further measures to be taken to reduce overtime.
2016/11/10 3:43 Trump won sister-state Michigan by 0.3%, 47.6% of the popular vote vs. 47.3% for Clinton, about 12,000 votes more out of 5 mil+ votes cast.
2016/11/10 3:45 Hidden Buddha at Eigenji displayed for the 1st time in 30 years until Nov. 27. Ishiyama-dera’s hidden Buddha also on display until Dec. 4.
2016/11/22 11:12 A man (28) from Kora died 3 days after choking on his 5th onigiri at an onigiri eating contest held by JA Higashi Biwako in Hikone on Nov.13.
2016/11/24 10:32 Eigenji temple in Higashi-Omi showing hidden Kannon for the 1st time in 30 years until Nov. 27. Serene, golden face.

2016/11/26 14:06 Ishiyama-dera in Otsu showing its hidden principal object of worship, a huge seated Kannon statue for the 1st time in 33 years until Dec. 4. https://t.co/e4SoFZs8FN
2016/12/1 1:18 Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri now officially a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage along with 32 other float festivals.
2016/12/7 20:47 Nagahama policeman Yasuda Kazushi (33, 安田一司) arrested for hugging a woman (20s) from behind on a Hikone street and attempting obscene acts.
2016/12/7 20:58 The last leg of the Hokuriku Shinkansen to be built from Tsuruga to Shin-Osaka will be decided soon. Shiga is pushing for the Maibara route.
2016/12/8 5:25 Due to low enrollment, Omi Brotherhood Elementary School will stop recruiting from 2018 & close in March 2023 after the last class graduates.
2016/12/13 15:09 Gamo-Higashi Elementary School head teacher Arikawa Tomoaki (50, 有川智章) arrested twice for extortion for trying to force two women to meet him.
2016/12/13 16:08 Dec. 11: North Korean Otsu man Nakagawa Akihiro (中川晃) on the JR Shin-Imamiya Station platform in Osaka pushed a 63-year-old woman onto the tracks who survived.
2016/12/13 16:12 Nakagawa Akihiro (中川晃大、本名、裴晃大) arrested for attempted murder for pushing a 63-year-old woman onto the tracks. Mother in Otsu cites mental problems.
2016/12/13 16:15 Shiga Blog: Renovated Otsu Station building reopens with The Calendar and other eateries. https://t.co/qptLBQ2R8y
2016/12/14 11:26 The Obama-Kyoto Route has been chosen for the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tsuruga to Shin-Osaka citing faster travel times and cheaper fares.

2016/12/25 14:58 Near Hikone Castle on Xmas morning, a 100kg wild boar attacked 4 male tourists on a sidewalk, causing minor injuries. Boar was later killed.
2016/12/26 15:24 Plans have been announced to renovate the 100-year-old Ohmi Railways Hino Station. Donations are being solicited to help cover the cost. https://t.co/mXGDmuUybO
2016/12/27 15:35 Gov. Mikazuki has stated that since the Hokuriku Shinkansen won’t go through Shiga, there’s no reason for Shiga to help bear the cost.
2016/12/28 15:35 A Japanese novel about William M. Vories titled, “Yane wo Kakeru Hito” 屋根をかける人 was written by Kadoi Yoshinobu 門井慶喜 & published in Dec. 2016.

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Shiga History May–August 2016

fb020-20160822_5176Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for May–August 2016 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2016/5/3 8:59 Beware of bears while hiking in the Suzuka mountains along the border with Mie Pref. Bears have been spotted in Taga.
2016/5/6 23:30 Japan’s badminton team for the Rio Olympics will include two players from Otsu: KAZUNO Kenta (31) and HAYAKAWA Ken’ichi (30) #数野健太 #早川賢一
2016/5/12 20:51 Biwako fishermen numbered 2,926 in 1968 and only 687 in 2013. 57% age 65 or older. Help now available to those wanting to become fishermen.
2016/5/15 12:14 Topaz has been designated as Shiga’s official stone/mineral.
2016/5/15 12:25 Memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of the fatal May 14, 1991 collision of a Shigaraki Kogen & JR train was held at the crash site.
2016/5/22 8:24 Monjuro Gate (photo) is 1 of 11 buildings at Enryakuji to be designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. https://t.co/5OFh310jNh
2016/5/25 3:31 King Liu of Taiwanese bicycle maker Giant cycled along Biwako from a Giant shop at Laforet Biwako in Moriyama to promote lakeside cycling.
2016/5/26 2:36 Citizens’ group found that Takashima spent ¥120 mil. to resolve its 7-year illegal dumping & coverup of waste having excessive dioxin. #見張り番
2016/5/30 10:59 滋賀の魅力と発信方法について中日新聞の滋賀版に県内在住の7人の外国人の対談が載せられた。https://t.co/3JXxHGYt6P
2016/5/31 15:12 Memorial service was held on the 1st anniversary of the fatal giant kite crash in Higashi-Omi. Still no talk about continuing the festival.
2016/6/3 12:28 Due to excessive lead levels detected on May 18, incinerated waste from Ritto is being rejected by a Kobe garbage dump.
2016/6/3 12:33 Stressed by power harassment by a superior for a year, an Otsu City Hall worker in his 40s overdosed on tranquilizers & died in March 2015.
2016/6/5 3:19 Weather bureau announced that the rainy season started yesterday in Shiga (Kinki Region), three days earlier than usual.
2016/6/8 15:04 Ritto City Hall social welfare case worker Fujikuma Toshihiro (33, 藤熊俊宏) arrested for exposing himself to high school girls on a Kyoto train.
2016/6/9 17:25 Age 40 Enryakuji priest verbally reprimanded for hitting and injuring three younger priests earlier this year. One victim broke his eardrum.
2016/6/12 12:37 Hikone-native sprinter Kiryu Yoshihide (20) couldn’t break the 9-sec. barrier at a college meet in Hiratsuka with 10.1 sec. in the 100 m.
2016/6/14 12:32 For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Shiga & Otsu will be the host town for Denmark’s rowing team & Maibara will host New Zealand’s hockey team.
2016/6/15 1:11 Blog post about Biwako Nagahama Kannon House that opened in Tokyo in March. https://t.co/bJ2XkgLu7W
2016/6/17 14:35 Jiun-in Kannon temple in Maibara was burglarized & three Buddha statues valued at ¥13.5 mil. were found stolen on June 16. 慈雲院本荘観音堂
2016/6/20 22:57 Miyagino Stable held sumo practice in Nagahama on June 17–20. On the 19th, local people could see Yokozuna Hakuho & others practice.
2016/6/22 20:11 Opened in 1974, AL Plaza Otsu (Heiwado) at Otsu Station closed on June 20. To be replaced by a condo with a supermarket on the lower floors.
2016/6/25 13:17 Japan National Championships today saw Kiryu Yoshihide place 3rd in the 100 m finals (10.31 sec.), earning him a slot at the Rio Olympics.
2016/6/29 7:39 My latest video shows the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri festival, soon to be a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. https://t.co/rMOMixEywi
2016/7/6 13:23 Over 40 Nagahama Kannon statues at University Art Museum (東京藝術大学美術館), Tokyo Univ. of the Arts July 5–Aug. 7, 2016. https://t.co/rpZQ3DOs5v
2016/7/13 11:45 Hikone, Maibara, and Nagahama will have a booth at Taiwan’s largest Japan tourism expo (“Touch the Japan”) to be held July 17–20, 2016.
2016/7/13 11:51 As of June 30, Hikone Castle received donations from visitors totaling ¥896,888 for Kumamoto Castle. The total has been given to Kumamoto.
2016/7/13 16:05 Summer 2016 fireworks schedule in Shiga Prefecture: https://t.co/H8HHzwmWEZ
2016/7/14 3:36 Lake Biwa Museum reopened today for their 20th anniv. after major renovations that include new exhibits like a Baikal seal from Lake Baikal.
2016/7/19 1:54 Went to see the Nagahama Kannon exhibition in Tokyo that goes on until Aug. 7. https://t.co/5zlzvknBzl
2016/7/22 10:09 The Mizunomori Lotus Pond in Kusatsu is almost extinct this year. No flowers at all. Cause is still unknown. https://t.co/mtCMRLDBxw
2016/7/24 13:48 Shigaraki Fire Festival last night. Not crowded at all. Their kilns worship fire. Missed the 9 pm fireworks though. https://t.co/sIuEKoHQMa
2016/7/26 0:57 In Otsu, a man (21) was playing Pokemon Go while driving & hit a car at a stop light causing a 3-car collision & neck injury to a driver.
2016/7/28 8:51 Ohmi High School beat Takashima 3-0   yesterday to represent Shiga at the national high school baseball tournament at Koshien this summer.
2016/7/28 14:52 Omi Jingu Shrine saw a record 402,000 visitors during Jan.–June this year, thanks to the Chihayafuru movie that hit theaters in March.
2016/8/1 18:27 Let’s cheer on the Olympic athletes from Shiga Prefecture in Rio de Janeiro! Shiga athlete list here: https://t.co/prgef7ZFTZ
2016/8/7 14:17 Hikone Weather Bureau has issued a high-temperature warning for Shiga 8 days in a row. More hot days (35˚C or higher) expected. Keep cool!
2016/8/7 15:31 OTA Yuki all but announced his retirement after losing his first fencing match in Rio against Brazilian TOLDO Guilherme.
2016/8/11 13:24 Hordes of people visited sunny Mt. Ibuki today on Aug. 11, 2016, Japan’s new national holiday called Mountain Day. https://t.co/vPdAMZphGx
2016/8/13 10:00 Ohmi High School lost to Joso Gakuin 0-11 in their 1st game on Aug. 9, 2016 at the Summer Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2016/8/13 15:56 In Rio, KIRYU Yoshihide ran 100 m in 10.23 sec. which was not enough to advance to the semifinals like Cambridge and Yamagata.
2016/8/15 8:05 Maibara rice paddy art of Yokosuka mascot Sucurry by Taura Jr. High students who visited from Yokosuka, Kanagawa. https://t.co/rEjp5b3fPG
2016/8/16 19:18 Omi-Hachiman native INUI Yukiko & partner MITSUI Risako won the Bronze medal in Duet synchronized swimming in Rio! https://t.co/8lftbirLrs
2016/8/19 17:18 Team Captain INUI Yukiko (from Omi-Hachiman) & her team won the Bronze in Team synchronized swimming in Rio! https://t.co/thV09Mf6uz
2016/8/20 2:30 Hikone native KIRYU Yoshihide & his 3 track mates won the Silver in the Men’s 400m relay race in 37.60 sec. in Rio! https://t.co/o1WbyNvAlb
2016/8/25 14:01 New edition of Japan Post’s die-cut postcards (gotochi form card) are out. Shiga’s latest one is red devil’s tongue. gotochiFormCard2016
2016/8/26 1:09 Only 8.9% of CEOs in Shiga are female, lower than the 11.9% national average. That’s 1,991 women out of 22,479 Shiga companies as of 2015.
2016/8/26 1:13 Due to a lack of rain, Lake Biwa’s water level is 43 cm below the standard level, the lowest in Aug. in 8 years. No adverse effects yet.
2016/8/28 2:58 Age 21 teacher’s assistant (籔中博文) from Nagahama arrested for putting a video camera inside a girls’ restroom at a Kusatsu public high school
2016/8/29 10:45 Nagahama City Hall received a 12 pm bomb threat again by phone this morning. Everyone evacuated by 11:30 am and returned safely at 12:30 pm.
2016/8/31 12:18 A group in Nagahama is soliciting donations to build a monument for “Biwako Shuko no Uta” (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) at Hokoen Park next June.

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Shiga History January–April 2016

Glass mosaic of Hideyoshi at Nagahama Station unveiled on April 5 by the Lions Club.

Glass mosaic of Hideyoshi at Nagahama Station unveiled on April 5 by the Lions Club.

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for Jan.–April 2016 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at Japan time).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

*From 2016, Shiga History blog posts for Shiga Headlines will include four months of tweets instead of only three months.

2016/1/1 9:56 Happy New Year 2016! We’re having a “warm” winter. Snow on Ibuki on New Year’s Day, but even Yogo is snowless. https://t.co/yyF2c99p2G
2016/1/5 14:51 “Child-rearing” taxi service has started in Shiga for busy parents to have their kids driven to/from school, etc., by trained taxi drivers.
2016/1/8 4:59 長浜駅舎内にある長浜駅観光案内所は市内の路線バスの案内がまったくやってない。バスの時刻表もない。バスの案内や情報は観光案内所の一つの基本的な仕事である。
2016/1/11 14:51 On Coming-of-Age Day today, 14,615 in Shiga reached adulthood (those born between April 2, 1995 to April 1, 1996), 679 fewer than last year.
2016/1/15 9:40 Held in Oct., Otsu Matsuri is slated to be designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. https://t.co/d2KofzROYq
2016/1/15 14:44 I will welcome Twitter’s policy of allowing up to 10,000-character tweets. But I will still keep my tweets very short.
2016/1/17 14:07 Congratulations to Naomi Koshi for winning reelection as Otsu mayor today, defeating 3 other candidates. Voter turnout was 47.97%.
2016/1/20 0:30 Snow has blanketed Shiga today, mostly in the north, but Otsu is also white. Be careful of slippery and icy roads and sidewalks.
2016/1/22 3:38 Minpaku lodging is spreading in Shiga: https://t.co/S5YQKahBgt
2016/1/22 3:38 Nagahama Station area is undergoing dramatic changes: https://t.co/SfJyexdKAT
2016/1/24 16:15 Freezing temperatures and heavy snow are forecast for today in Shiga, the 25th.
2016/1/25 12:09 As of 8 pm on Jan. 26, snowfall in Yogo measured 60 cm, Maibara 20 cm, Hikone 18 cm, and Imazu 15 cm. Snow is expected to continue tonight.
2016/1/25 12:14 Five people, mostly elderly, in northern Shiga were taken to a hospital by ambulance today after slipping on snow and getting injured.
2016/1/28 14:55 JR West has proposed the Hokuriku Shinkansen’s last segment from Tsuruga to Osaka to go through Obama and Kyoto instead of Maibara.
2016/1/28 15:09 A shipbuilding company in Hiroshima has won the bid at ¥3.051 billion to build the new Uminoko Floating School to set sail from April 2018.
2016/1/29 14:11 Kansai Electric Power Co.’s No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture was restarted today.
2016/1/29 14:15 Education Ministry found 36 educators in Shiga to have received money/favors from textbook publishers to evaluate textbooks under review.
2016/1/31 10:19 Setsubun bean throwing at Taga Taisha Shrine on Feb. 3 at 11 am and 2 pm. Ogre (oni) dance by Inbara Kaguradan troupe from Shimane Pref.
2016/2/2 4:54 Last fiscal year, hunters culled a record 14,374 deer in Shiga. Still short of the 16,000 yearly target to halve the 67000 deer population.
2016/2/5 6:12 Otsu will be sending five jr. high English teachers to the Philippines for 10-day English training from this summer.
2016/2/5 6:15 Of the 90+ English teachers at Otsu’s jr. high schools, only 30% has a TOEIC score higher than 730 or Eiken 1. Nativeにかないません。
2016/2/5 6:17 Cherry blossoms in Shiga are forecast to start blooming at the normal time of early April.
2016/2/5 6:22 Hina-matsuri doll festivals are being held in Shiga until March 21. Gokasho in Higashi-Omi is one great place. https://t.co/bKGlXAQ5na
2016/2/7 3:23 An estimated 54,000 bicycled around Lake Biwa (200 km) in 2015. 90% did it counterclockwise for closer views of the lake.
2016/2/15 18:57 As of Oct. 2015, a record 1,450 companies in Shiga have hired 12,236 foreign employees, mostly Brazilians (5,188), Chinese, and Filipinos.
2016/2/15 19:02 Mascot Hiko-nyan says that he will eat all 291 gifts of chocolate he received for Valentine’s Day. Hope the kids don’t imitate him…
2016/2/17 22:25 JR West President has stated that the Hokuriku shinkansen’s Tsuruga-Osaka route via Maibara would be too full with the Tokaido shinkansen.
2016/2/24 0:42 Nakamura Koichi (中村公一, 51), a teacher at Seta Kita Jr. High in Otsu has been arrested for smuggling drugs from China & using stimulants.
2016/2/24 1:20 Otsu Matsuri is to be designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan (重要無形民俗文化財). https://t.co/qqntYmBL34
2016/2/25 13:50 Shiga finally has a food shop in Tokyo (Akihabara) in Nippon Hyakkaten Shokuhinkan (Chabara). Opened in Sept. 2015. https://t.co/s7jHe1OSkd
2016/2/28 11:21 Hiko-nyan runner today at the 10th Tokyo Marathon 2016. I was near the 30 km checkpoint near Asakusabashi Station. https://t.co/t8vF4PQ30O
2016/3/1 0:48 Snow in Shiga today since last night. Winter’s last roar?
2016/3/1 12:28 According to the national census taken on Oct. 1, 2015, Shiga’s population was 1,413,184, an increase of 2,407 compared to the 2010 census.
2016/3/1 15:12 After 3 months of major renovations, Nagahama Castle Museum reopened on Feb. 27 with better air conditioning, better exhibits, LEDs, & more.
2016/3/6 5:42 Kenyan Lucas Rotich won the 71st Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon today in 02:09:11, Hisanori Kitajima was 2nd at 02:09:16.
2016/3/7 11:37 In 2015, 5.409 million visitors lodged in Shiga, a 16.9% increase over 2014. And 464,000 of them were foreigners, a 101% increase over 2014.
2016/3/7 11:40 In 2015, Shiga’s average hotel occupancy rate was 60.5%. Busiest visitor months were May (510,000), July (520,000), and Aug. (670,000).
2016/3/8 14:59 College student and Otsu native Sari Nakazawa, representing Shiga, won the 2016 Miss Universe Japan title. https://t.co/ISklQ07xlu
2016/3/10 5:45 Buddhist altars made in Shiga Prefecture (blog post): https://t.co/tgsl1wLN4n
2016/3/10 10:20 Takahama power plant’s No. 3 reactor in Fukui was shut down today as ordered by yesterday’s provisional injunction from Otsu District Court.
2016/3/11 18:15 As of Feb. 22, 2016, 205 evacuees (83 households) from Tohoku still live in Shiga. This is about half the 428-person peak in Sept. 2011.
2016/3/17 0:49 Forestry institute managed to grow 22 saplings from a sick 250-year-old fudan-zakura cherry tree at Saimyoji temple. Now planted at Saimyoji
2016/3/18 5:34 Agriculture Ministry found that Shiga has 25,346 working in agriculture, 4,100 fewer than 5 years ago. Average age 67.6 got younger by 0.8.
2016/3/18 5:42 Hirose Elementary School in Adogawa held its last graduation ceremony on Mar. 18 before it will shut down and merge with another school.
2016/3/18 5:47 Hirose Elementary School is Shiga’s 19th elementary school to close since 1992 when the number of primary schools peaked at 244.
2016/3/18 6:32 Police filed reports on three men suspected of negligence resulting in death & injury when the giant kite crashed last year in Higashi-Omi.
2016/3/18 22:10 For the 1st time in 7 years, Ishiyama-dera’s 5-meter tall main Kannon statue is on public view at the Hondo main hall until Dec. 20.
2016/3/18 22:18 Twenty-two of 36 pedestrian overpasses managed by Shiga Prefecture are 40-50 years old. Two of them will be removed next fiscal year.
2016/3/19 14:40 Otsu Matsuri has been officially designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property 重要無形民俗文化財. Celebratory events planned.
2016/3/19 14:56 A record 198,389 migratory birds (42 species) wintered in Shiga this year. Eurasian coot most common (84,869), but only 273 tundra swans.
2016/3/20 20:59 Shiga Gakuen beat Kiryu Daiichi High School 9-5 in their 1st game at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2016/3/21 22:09 Biwako Nagahama Kannon House (びわ湖長浜 KANNON HOUSE) opens in Ueno, Tokyo near Shinobazu Pond. Exhibits one kannon Buddha statue from Nagahama every 2 months.
2016/3/22 22:09 Censure motion passed for Kora mayor Kitagawa Toyoaki 北川豊昭­ for buying 5 gift certificates (limit was 2). Salary reduced by 60% for 1 year.
2016/3/22 22:20 Average land prices in Shiga fell by 0.3% as of Jan. 1, 2016. Higher in Kusatsu, Moriyama, Ritto, Yasu, & Otsu, and lower in Takashima,Hino.
2016/3/25 6:32 Shiga Gakuen beat Kamaishi High School 9-1 in their 2nd game today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2016/3/26 7:23 朝日新聞社系のサイトに機械翻訳の注意点を取り上げ、栗東市役所のHPが一つの例。僕のコメントも掲載された。https://t.co/cnhpoPc8bA #withnews
2016/3/28 1:08 Shiga Gakuen lost to Chiben Gakuen 0-6 in their 3rd game today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2016/3/29 15:04 A Shiga University economics professor in his 60s got a 1-month suspension for trying to kiss his female student in his car last Aug. #クビにしろ
2016/3/29 15:16 Shiga Prefectural Board of Education apologized for illegal or unethical conduct by 29 school teachers/principal in recent months.
2016/3/29 15:21 Seta Kita Jr. High School teacher Nakamura Koichi (中村公一), indicted for smuggling dangerous drugs from China, was fired yesterday on Mar. 29.
2016/3/29 15:28 Nagahama Kita High School teacher Inoue Taketoshi (井上武紀) was fired on Mar. 29 for groping a jr. high school student in a bus in Kyoto.
2016/3/29 15:32 A jr. high school teacher in Higashi-Omi got a 6-month suspension for repeatedly driving even when his driver’s license had been revoked.
2016/3/29 15:35 A public high school teacher in Hikone got a 6-month suspension for shoplifting some office supplies. He resigned instead.
2016/3/29 15:42 25 school teachers and principals in Shiga were reprimanded by local BOE for viewing textbooks from publishers undergoing screening.
2016/3/31 8:48 An investigative committee in Higashi-Omi has concluded that the kite festival should not be held until safety measures can be assured.
2016/3/31 8:51 The Hikone Meteorological Office announced today that cherry blossoms in Hikone have started to bloom. Full bloom in one week.
2016/4/5 11:00 Only 36% of Shiga’s non-native jr. high English teachers & 63% of high school English teachers have EIKEN Grade Pre-1 or higher. 英検準1級
2016/4/5 11:04 Hikone’s cherry blossoms in full bloom today. https://t.co/SXuOr7OjAJ https://t.co/tztXfYDwZa
2016/4/7 16:56 680 of Shiga’s 2,126 bridges are 50+ years old. The prefecture is prioritizing repairs of 304 old bridges deemed essential for emergencies.
2016/4/9 14:01 Saw sakura in full bloom today at Nagahama’s Hokoen Park. https://t.co/ViHds1xvKc
2016/4/13 3:22 Yesterday, watched Kujaku-zan’s child kabuki actors practice for the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri. Amazing kids. #孔雀山 https://t.co/zwI95AJsUB
2016/4/13 3:25 Yesterday evening was the Hadaka-mairi at Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine. They purify themselves at this well. #萬歳楼 https://t.co/ckhcByVV4E
2016/4/13 14:20 Okina-zan used the Nagahama Hikiyama Museum for a rainy evening performance tonight, the first show in full costume. https://t.co/PABUThydyy
2016/4/13 14:57 Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri Festival Schedule: https://t.co/nCu01VVVtw
2016/4/16 14:38 From Shiga, 36 police, Disaster Medical Assistance Team of 14 doctors & nurses, & 17 Red Cross doctors & nurses have been sent to Kumamoto.
2016/4/18 14:33 Otsu today sent a truckload of relief supplies (water, disposable diapers, powdered milk, etc.) to Ozu town in Kumamoto. 大津市 to 大津町
2016/4/20 16:10 Otsu sent a second truckload of relief supplies (water, disposable toilets, blankets, etc.) to Ozu in Kumamoto on April 21.
2016/4/20 16:17 Otsu is providing 10 rent-free public housing units and Shiga Pref. is offering 25 rent-free units to Kumamoto/Oita quake evacuees.
2016/4/21 13:34 Eleven jr. high schools in Shiga that had planned school trips to Kyushu this spring have changed their destinations or postponed the trip.
2016/4/22 15:25 Sadly, Higashi-Omi’s mayor announced that the Odako Matsuri Giant Kite Festival will be cancelled this year due to last year’s tragedy.
2016/4/25 2:49 Otsu Station building undergoing major renovation. Due to reopen this autumn with a capsule hotel, cafe, and more. https://t.co/47F5gDJy1H
2016/4/25 2:56 Nagahama Station’s west exit has a ¥7 mil. glass mosaic of Hideyoshi & Nagahama-jo unveiled on April 5 by Nagahama Lions Club. https://t.co/XfedZTZvr3

Shiga History Sept.–Dec. 2015 | Chronological History of Shiga | Shiga History May–Aug. 2016

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