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Reproduced Japanese-Era Taipei Train Station in Limelight (News)

Taipei, April 16 (Jiji Press)—A train station building that was constructed in Taipei in 1916, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, was reproduced in the Taiwanese capital recently about 30 years after it was dismantled and removed from its original site. The rebuilt Xinbeitou Station in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 6, 2017. (© Jiji) The re-created Xinbeitou Station, built near the site of the …

Funds Sought for “Spa-musement Park” in Japan’s Beppu (News)

Beppu, Oita Pref., Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—The famous Japanese spa resort of Beppu started raising money through crowdfunding on Friday for a project to operate a "spa-musement park," where people will ride on a merry-go-round, a roller coaster or a Ferris wheel while soaking in hot spring water. The southwestern city of Beppu, the largest hot spring resort in Japan in terms of water flow per minu…

Professor Onsen’s Top Hot SpringsMatsuda Tadanori

Japan is blessed with over 3,000 onsen (hot-spring) areas, but here we look at 12 specially selected by Matsuda Tadanori, a leading expert who has been dubbed “Professor Onsen.” These are hot spring destinations whose invigorating waters and age-old traditions set them apart.

Hopeful Signs: Renewable Energy from Geothermal and Solar Power

In the wake of 3/11, people are looking increasingly to renewables to provide their electricity. While solar power had been popular even before the disaster, geothermal energy has not reached even a small fraction of its potential. We examine the reasons for this development gap.

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