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Nuclear waste near 'Mount Fuji of Hokkaido?' Ski towns fear chill

Local businesses in Niseko worry over loss of revenue and investors

Skiers head to the slopes at Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono in Kutchan, a ski country attraction in Hokkaido. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

SAPPORO, Japan -- Niseko, an area renowned for its ski resorts on the northern island of Hokkaido that draws foreign skiers from around the world, has been shaken up by nearby towns' far-off plans to accept nuclear waste in exchange for generous government subsidies. 

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