Nine beaches in Ibaraki Prefecture were reopened to the public over the weekend after being closed a year ago due to repeated shark sightings.
Last July, the nine beaches in Hokota City, Oarai-machi, Kamisu City and other locations were closed due to sandbar shark sightings. Since then, netting has been placed in the water at eight of the beaches except at Hokota.
Local officials said the closures during the peak swimming season severely impacted the local economy, Fuji TV reported.
On Saturday, jet ski patrols gave the all-clear for beaches to open.
Last year, shark sightings also caused the closure of beaches in Kagoshima, Shizuoka and Chiba prefectures, but so far this summer, there have been no sightings.© Japan Today