KUSHIRO JOURNAL

Forced to Run Straight, a River Must Now Twist
By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Published: November 7, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/world/asia/07japan.html

Ko Sasaki for The New York Times. The Kushiro River on Hokkaido.

KUSHIRO, Japan — In the early 1980s, engineers straightened out  
stretches of the Kushiro River, which had meandered some 100 miles  
under Hokkaido’s big sky here in northern Japan, flowing through  
green hill country and rural towns, winding through the nation’s  
largest wetland and this port city’s downtown before emptying into  
the Pacific Ocean.

Like most rivers in Japan, the Kushiro River on Hokkaido, once  
considered a flooding threat to farmland, was straightened out years  
ago. Now the government, citing environmental concerns, plans to  
restore some curves to the stretch at left.

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