from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of northwest Honshu, Japan, on the Sea of Japan north-northwest of Tokyo. It is a leading port with a major chemical industry. Population: 813,000.

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  • proper n. a capital city of Niigata prefecture, Japan.


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  • "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story is an engrossing nonfiction detective tale about the 13-year-old girl of the title, who vanished on the way home from school in Niigata, Japan, in 1977," writes Matt Zoller Seitz in the New York Times.

    GreenCine Daily: Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story.

  • And indeed, the latest we have is that another earthquake has happened west of Niigata, which is on the Sea of Japan.

    CNN Transcript Jul 16, 2007

  • The Niigata of the Government, with its signs of progress in a western direction, is quite unattractive-looking as compared with the genuine Japanese Niigata, which is the neatest, cleanest, and most comfortable-looking town I have yet seen, and altogether free from the jostlement of a foreign settlement.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Our orders directed a stop at a port called Niigata, on the west coast of Nippon.

    From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life

  • Other prefectures such as Niigata also think of merging with their capitals.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • On Saturday morning, the captains and crew were being taken to the port city of Niigata.

    Japan Arrests Chinese Fishing Captains

  • That may raise questions about the fate of other nuclear power facilities which critics say face similar quake-proofing issues, such as Onagawa plant in Miyagi prefecture that was shut down by the March 11 temblor and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata prefecture, which was damaged by a 2007 earthquake.

    Japan to Shut a Second Plant

  • Niigata prefecture in northern Japan didn't measure radioactive iodine and cesium from three products, including spinach and strawberries.

    Radioactive Contamination Levels Drop in Japan

  • Only two years after TEPCO was allowed to restart its boiling water reactors, an earthquake in 2007 forced the company to admit its reactor in the Niigata Chuetsu-Oki region was not built to withstand such tremors.

    Jeffrey Rubin: Is Nature Trying to Tell Us Something?

  • Similar rapid trends have affected Niigata Prefecture, a rice-growing center, and the Sanriku Oki area, one of the finest fishing grounds in the world.

    An Immigration Stimulus for Japan


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