Shiga History January-March 2015 of Shiga Prefecture’s most important and interesting news headlines for January-March 2015 (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).


2015/1/3 12:09 National news: Yogo, Nagahama got 1.3 meter of snow.
2015/1/13 12:33 Shiga’s 15,294 new adults turning 20 from last April 2 to April 1, 2015 are 586 more than last year, but way below the 21,926 peak in 1995.
2015/1/20 14:34 While commenting on her 3 years in office on Jan. 19, Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi stated that she hasn’t decided on running for a 2nd term.
2015/1/20 14:40 Nagahama City Hall worker Saito Atsushi (齊藤淳) has been arrested for leaking road construction bid info to a bidding contractor last Sept.
2015/1/20 14:53 A 27-year-old man and two teenage females arrested for making a worker apologize on her hands and knees at a bowling alley in Omi-Hachiman.
2015/1/23 22:23 Near Hikone’s Mt. Sawayama (Matsubara Naiko), they found remains of a cutout ridge 堀切 and hillside moat 竪堀 likely built by Oda Nobunaga.
2015/1/24 8:09 The flu hit elderly care home Poplar in Kusatsu from the 11th, sickening 13 patients & staff. An 90-year-old woman patient died on the 23rd.
2015/1/26 10:34 Otsu started issuing localized moped license plates today. The design has a scroll of Seta Karahashi Bridge at sunset, an Omi Hakkei view.
2015/1/26 22:41 Tourist boats will ply on the Lake Biwa Canal between Otsu and Kyoto on weekends/holidays during Mar. 28-May 6 on a trial basis. #琵琶湖疏水観光
2015/2/5 11:09 Named Niji (Rainbow), a Japanese-language school in Kusatsu for foreign kids closed on Jan. 30 due to a lack of funds. How sad.
2015/2/5 11:14 Wakasagi fishing season has started at Lake Yogo. You can catch hundreds of these little edible fish until late March. #余呉湖のワカサギ釣り
2015/2/5 11:20 Hiko-nyan got more nengajo New Year’s postcards (13,315 as of Feb. 2) than Kumamon (7,344 as of Jan. 27) this year in 2015.
2015/2/5 11:24 Plum blossoms have started blooming at Ishiyama-dera in Otsu. Their hillside plum grove is quite large.
2015/2/6 16:41 Kyoto Univ. researchers have found that hama-daikon radish growing along Lake Biwa can well absorb cesium from top soil. Good for Fukushima.
2015/2/7 21:20 Heiwado on Nagahama Station’s east side closed today after 45 years since Nov. 1969. To be replaced by Monde Cool Nagahama on the south end of the station.
2015/2/9 22:40 My video introducing some of the best things and people of Konan, Shiga: #滋賀県湖南市
2015/2/10 21:18 On Nagahama Station’s south side, the new Heiwado supermarket called Monde Cool Nagahama opened today to replace the old store on the east side.
2015/2/12 21:18 Takahama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui is closer to a restart by this summer as Shiga struggles to formulate emergency evacuation plans.
2015/2/17 19:43 Koka City Hall (Minakuchi) workers in tourism PR are dressed as ninja to promote Feb. 22 as Ninja Day with Iga, Mie.
2015/2/22 19:25 Dinner in 1st class on domestic JAL flights next month will include Omi beef, red konnyaku, & Biwako fish. Only for 1 month. #JAL機内食で滋賀の魅力発信
2015/2/27 00:43 Needles found in packaged pastries at Al Plaza Minakuchi & Heiwado Shigaraki supermarkets in Koka earlier this month. No injuries reported.
2015/2/27 00:58 Kurokabe Square in Nagahama is showing and selling Hina Matsuri Girl’s Day dolls made of glass, until March 22.
2015/3/1 14:56 Kenyan Samuel Ndungu won the rainy 70th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon today in 2:09:08, Kazuhiro Maeda #前田和浩 was 4th at 2:11:46. #びわ湖毎日マラソン
2015/3/2 13:17 Foreigners living in Shiga are decreasing, but foreign permanent residents have been increasing from 2,000 in 2003 to 8,300 in 2013.
2015/3/2 13:24 Fire at 4:55 am today at Hamakogetsu ryokan #浜湖月 in Nagahama. All 20 people evacuated safely. 13 fire trucks put out the fire after 3 hours.
2015/3/2 23:55 University of Shiga Prefecture male professor padded a student assistant’s wages and had the student hand over the extra cash totaling ¥180,000 in 10 months.
2015/3/3 21:36 “Art Brut in Shiga” outsider art exhibition of 70 works at The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga until March 15, 2015.
2015/3/9 4:26 Governors and mayors from Mie, Shiga and Kanagawa prefectures forming Ninja Council to promote tourism.
2015/3/12 13:04 As of Feb. 25, 2015, 225 evacuees (90 families) from Tohoku still live in Shiga. About half the peak of 428 evacuees in Sept. 2011.
2015/3/17 19:14 KEPCO will scrap 2 nuclear reactors in Mihama and 1 in Tsuruga. They are 40+ years old with a relatively low output.
2015/3/20 00:29 Four free Wi-Fi hot spots in Hikone from today at Hikone Castle and tourist info centers. Look for this sign:
2015/3/20 19:10 Might be difficult to secure a 5000-seat arena in Shiga for the Lakestars to qualify for the top division of the new basketball league.
2015/3/21 16:29 Cherry blossoms in Hikone should start blooming around March 31, full bloom around April 6, a few days earlier than usual.
2015/3/23 21:01 Weeping cherry tree planted in Otsu by Helen Keller in 1937 withered 17 years ago, but a grafted branch set to bloom was replanted today.
2015/3/24 19:13 Ohmi High School beat Kyushu High School 2-0 today, their 1st game at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2015/3/25 20:59 Shiga Police has found about 250 juvenile delinquent groups with 1,400 members in Shiga. They are working to disband or reform the groups.
2015/3/26 8:48 Yasu Jr. High School teacher Aoki Yoshitaka (青木良隆, 51) arrested yesterday for DUI and hitting/injuring a female bicyclist in Yasu.
2015/3/28 16:30 Shiga BOE male member (50) sent 100s of emails over 16 mo. to female school worker who finally met w/him only to be groped in his car. #セクハラ
2015/3/28 16:42 Tourist boats will start service on Lake Biwa Canal today from Otsu to Keage (8 km in 1 hr) on weekends until May 6. All rides fully booked.
2015/3/28 12:15 Ohmi High School lost to Gifu Shogyo 0-3 today, their 2nd game at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2015/3/30 20:34 The infamous bullying-suicide case that occurred in Otsu in Oct. 2011 has ended this month with a ¥13 million settlement to the victim’s family.
2015/3/30 22:44 Hikone-native sprinter Kiryu Yoshihide (19) won the 100m at the Texas Relays in a wind-assisted, non-record 9.87 sec.

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