Why Japan’s ski resorts are closing

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 31, 2011 10:29 am


Japan’s 9.0 earthquake was the biggest in it’s history and has brought an early season’s ending to many ski resorts.

Experts are predicting a recession, as large factories were shut down, including Sony and Toyota.  As companies slowly gear back up, they will conserve what is most needed in Japan right now: Energy.  Ski resorts closed down not only due to wide spread cancellations, but to help conserve electricity, pumping the stuff back into much needed areas.  Nearly 200K homes are still without electricity, nearly 300K without water.

The government has said it estimated damage from the earthquake and tsunami at 16 trillion to 25 trillion yen ($198 billion-$309 billion). The top estimate would make it the world’s costliest natural disaster.  Water and electricity are in demand and everyone is doing what they can to help conserve.  Japan is considering adopting daylight saving in the summer to conserve electricity after the earthquake crippled a nuclear power plant. 

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has begun rolling blackouts in the capital and its surrounding area after a tsunami knocked out its Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Toyota Motor said automakers may want to consider taking turns in running assembly lines to save energy, and many companies may consider flexible working hours.  Even Tokyo Disnelyland has shut it’s doors temporarily.

Blogs on a popular Japanese ski resort site included people saying that resorts that were open were empty.  A dream come true in most cases.  One blogger was chastised for exclaiming how wonderful the skiing was but with the rain and snow weather hampering relief efforts, can you imagine praying for ‘no’ snow?  Most resorts are honoring cancellations with no hassle, hoping customers will return next season.

A British teacher living in Abiko city, just east of Tokyo, is leading a volunteer team of bloggers, writers and editors producing ‘Quakebook,’ a collection of reflections, essays and images of the March 11 earthquake that will be sold in the coming days as a digital publication. Proceeds from the project will go to the Japanese Red Cross, said the 40-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Our Man in Abiko,’ as reported by Yahoo! news.

The Ski Channel send our good thoughts and wishes for a speedy recover to Japan and all of the people who have been affected by the tsunami.  According to the Foreign Ministry, 134 countries and 39 international organizations have offered assistance.

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