My 47th Prefecture: Toyama

Following my post about the Hokuriku Shinkansen, this post is all about Toyama (富山). The title of this post refers not to where I would rank Toyama amongst the 47 prefectures of Japan, but rather that it was the 47th one that I visited. That visit happened in 2004, 15 years after my first visit…

3/11, Airports and Airlines

I wasn’t in Japan on 11 March 2011. The ‘triple disaster’ of ‘3/11’ came as I was completing my book Dealing with Disaster in Japan, and I made a couple of late amendments to include reference to the disaster, but that book’s main focus was the 1985 flight JL123 crash. Many asked me whether I…