Abe Visits Quake - Hit Hokkaido

Abe visits quake-hit Hokkaido

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Kiyota Ward in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, to view damage caused by the major earthquake that hit the northern prefecture on Thursday.

Abe on Sunday inspected severely listing houses and caved-in roads in Kiyota, where the jolt triggered what appears to be ground liquefaction. Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto briefed him on recovery efforts.

Later in the day, Abe will board a helicopter to inspect the situation in the town of Atsuma, where huge landslides killed dozens of people. He will then visit a shelter and talk to evacuees.