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    Streetscapes of Yubari

    In 1888, the city of Yubari was founded on Japans’ northernmost island, Hokkaido, in order to exploit the vast the coal reserves beneath the Sorachi Subprefecture.

    Once a jewel in the crown of coal mining Japan, Yubari has undergone a dramatic decline from a coal mining powerhouse, to a shell of its former self, becoming bankrupt and experiencing a population decline of over 90%.

    At the peak of coal production in Yubari, twenty-four coal mines were in operation, largely owned by the companies Mitsubishi & Hokutan. Yubari had built its reliance upon supplying coal to Japanese power stations...Read More
    In 1888, the city of Yubari was founded on Japans’ northernmost island, Hokkaido, in order to exploit the vast the coal reserves beneath the Sorachi Subprefecture.

    Once a jewel in the crown of coal mining Japan, Yubari has undergone a dramatic decline from a coal mining powerhouse, to a...Read More