Ritto shinkansen station canceled
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.