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10/23/2012

Otsu City tackles unemployment caused by a renowned hotel shut down

On October 18, Otsu City Office established the Task Force on Unemployment to tackle problems caused by the recent announcement of Biwako Onsen Koyo, a renowned Japanese-style hotel in Otsu, scheduled to be shut down in January 2013. The city is to take a comprehensive approach to handle the problems of the hotel as well as of the manufacturer Renesas Kansai Semiconductor conducting large-scale lay-offs.

"It is regrettable that the hotel made such a decision while we have public policies in place to develop the tourism industry. I was personally fond of Koyo Paradise (former amusement park next to the hotel). We will take necessary measures in cooperation with related organizations to support the employees," Mayor Naomi Koshi instructed the task force at its first meeting. The Task Force is to be chaired by Satoshi Inoue, Director General, Department of Industry and Tourism.

(Mainichi Shimbun, October 19, 2012)

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