Biwako beaches pass water-quality tests

It’s summer again and before people flock to the beaches, Shiga Prefecture in May conducted water-quality tests at nine of Shiga’s most popular…

Swine flu update: 40 infected in Shiga

Although the swine flu scare/panic has largely passed, be aware the bug is still out there. On July 13, 2009, ten new cases…

Smoking banned in Otsu train stations from July 2009

禁煙 The Otsu City Council passed a bill on March 18, 2009 to ban smoking in and around all major train stations in…

Otsu mayor earns more than Shiga governor

On June 30, 2009, the 2008 incomes and assets of National Diet members, prefectural governors, and prefectural assembly members were made public as required…

More spring festivals in Shiga

During this rainy season, I’m staying at home to sort through the thousands of photos I took in Shiga during spring. Here are…

Enman-in temple in Otsu auctioned for over 1 billion yen

A highly unusual auction occurred last month when Enman-in temple (圓満院) in Otsu went on the auction block held by the Otsu District…

Swine flu hits 3rd person in Shiga as tourism tries to recover

On May 27, 2009, the swine flu was found to hit a third person in Shiga, a 36-year-old male company worker who works…

Shiga schools to reopen on May 27

All prefectural public schools which have been closed due to the swine flu scare will reopen for classes on May 27 (Wed.). Nursery,…
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