Ghost Town in Japan

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In this video, the video host takes us to Matsuo Kozan, an abandoned mining town in Iwate.  The town started mining sulfur and pyrite in 1911 and the mine quickly became known as the highest yield producer in Asia.  The town's population grew to 13,600 and so did its economy.  Large residential complex, schools, a hospital and entertainment facilities were soon built to accommodate its thriving community.  The building seen in the video was the most modern residential facility during the town's heyday in 1960 and the town was even called "A Paradise on Cloud," but after the town faced with a sharp drop in demand for sulfur, the mine was left with no options but to closed in 1972.