Toyama isn’t exactly in the news often – worldwide or nationwide – but two recent articles in Japanese media caught the TRAM’s attention. Click on the links below to read the articles in full.
Toyama Agrees to Take Tsunami Debris from Iwate (The Japan Times) – According to this article, the governors of Toyama and Iwate prefectures recently signed a “disaster debris memorandum” stating that Toyama will help Iwate “store and incinerate the mountains of waste generated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.” The article also notes that removal of debris has been slow in the areas hardest-hit by the tsunami, and many “prefectures are reluctant to store and incinerate debris from Iwate and Miyagi due to the unknown effects of radiation exposure.”Research Team Confirms Japan’s 1st Glaciers Have Been Found (The Daily Yomiuri) – When new JETs arrive in Toyama, they are all invited to climb Mt. Tateyama, one of Japan’s three holy mountains, during Welcome Orientation. In addition to being one of the most scenic spots in Toyama, the mountain range is also home to the first confirmed glaciers in Japan!