The article makes no mention of Japan, so let me provide here what WeWork Japan had to say this morning:
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Not surprising. The annual slaughter of dolphin happens quite close to Fukui. Dolphins are clever, and they have learnt who their enemies in this region are. If Japan would only stop this madness…
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I know this unpopular route. Not advisable to take it until autumn and the hiking map also says so. You need to cross huge snow tunnels early on in the hike which may collapse into the river any time. I would think this is what happened to them.
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P.S.: Another piece of advice to hikers: carry at least one GPS with pre-loaded maps, ideally including Open Streetmaps which actually shows most hiking trails in Japan, including this particular one. Sign posting in the mountains can be poor/non-existant, and I have got lost myself temporarily, though always found back to the right trail thanks to my GPSs (I always carry two). Also a good idea to get the printed Japanese hiking maps, even if your Japanese may be poor, but at least they are visual, show almost all trails and giving walking times. Absolutely essential for myself.
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The issue about the mobile phone may be one that is lost in translation. The cell phone coverage maps of the three operators show only weak coverage for the immediate area around the ryokan where she stayed last and none for the mountains around it. I myself have been in the area and can confirm that there is no coverage almost anywhere. It's quite different from mountainous areas, say, in Nagano where you may not have reception inside a valley but almost always higher up.
So my reading is that the operators may have searched for her number in their logs, but found nothing, and then in typical Japanese fashion blame it on her number being foreign, rather than just admitting that there is no coverage in the area. It is also conceivable that she didn't switch on her phone or left it in airplane mode because hiking for a long day without any coverage makes the phone constantly search and drain the battery needlessly.
I do recommend carrying an emergency beacon, bought in the US, when hiking in remote areas in Japan. All it needs is satelite reception. Of course it rests on the assumption that the person in distress is still able to activate it.
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Indeed it is the animal unfriendly way of keeping these chicken that is the problem, and those eating their eggs don’t deserve any better than getting soaring prices. Free-range egg prices are not affected so far, at least in the various places I buy them.
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Happens fairly frequently to me all over Japan. I always educate them about the law while writing down my address in kanji. That always solves the matter.
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So much for nuclear power being a cheap infinite source of energy…
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What the articles doesn’t say is that the start of the trail is very hard to reach. Chubu Denryoku who operates the dam blocks any traffic into the area. Not even bicycles are allowed. Only taxis - the local mafia. You can walk but from the parking space at Nanakuma it’s a 15km walk to the start of the trail. The trail itself is also very long and has a strong elevation gain. So it’s not exactly accessible.
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