Hokkaido Officials Welcome S.korean Tourists

Hokkaido officials welcome S.Korean tourists

Local government officials in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido have been making efforts to directly welcome South Korean tourists.

It comes with Japan-South Korea ties at a low point over trade and historical issues.

Krosa Nearing Hokkaido

Krosa nearing Hokkaido

Tropical storm Krosa has become a low pressure system. But Japanese weather officials are still urging people in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido to watch out for strong winds and high waves.

Krosa is now tracking northeast, bringing torrential rains to northern Japan, through Saturday. Disaster officials are urging people to stay alert for landslides and flash flooding.

Tropical Storm Krosa Nearing Hokkaido

Tropical storm Krosa nearing Hokkaido

Tropical storm Krosa is now tracking northeast, bringing torrential rains to northern Japan, through Saturday. Disaster officials are urging people to stay alert for landslides and flash flooding.

Large parts of the country experienced heavy rain and swelling rivers as Krosa made landfall in western Japan and proceeded northward.

Singapore Gets A Taste Of Hokkaido

Singapore gets a taste of Hokkaido

People in Singapore got a chance to sample famous foods from Japan's northernmost island. Officials from Hokkaido were visiting to promote the area's cuisine.

A Japanese delegation that included Hokkaido's governor joined a tasting event at a supermarket in Singapore.

30th Pacific Music Festival Underway In Hokkaido

30th Pacific Music Festival underway in Hokkaido

An international educational music festival, co-founded by the late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has opened in Sapporo, in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.

Some 100 young musicians from 26 countries and regions performed in Saturday's opening concert of the 30th Pacific Music Festival. The program featured Bernstein's Candide Overture and Haydn's Concerto for Two Horns.

Record-high Temperatures In Hokkaido

Record-high temperatures in Hokkaido

Sweltering heat hit Japan on Sunday. The temperature shot up to over 38 degrees Celsius in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. That's a national record high for May.

The Meteorological Agency says the temperatures soared due to hot air and strong sunshine.

Record-high Temperatures Hit Hokkaido

Record-high temperatures hit Hokkaido

Sweltering heat hit Japan on Sunday. The temperature shot up to over 37 degrees Celsius in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The Meteorological Agency says the temperatures were already high in the morning due to hot air and strong sunshine.

Coal Museum In Blaze In Hokkaido

Coal museum in blaze in Hokkaido

Fire fighters are trying to put out a blaze that has been burning since Thursday night at a coal museum in the city of Yubari in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

An employee at Yubari Coal Museum discovered the fire late at night, saying smoke was coming out of a tunnel, located beneath the building.

Hokkaido Earthquake Victims Remembered

Hokkaido earthquake victims remembered

Wednesday marks exactly six months since a powerful earthquake hit Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The quake occurred on September 6. It registered an intensity of 7 in the town of Atsuma, the highest on the Japanese seismic scale. It caused 42 fatalities.

Hokkaido Assesses Damage From M5.8 Quake

Hokkaido assesses damage from M5.8 quake

Authorities are surveying the damage from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido on Thursday night.

Four people reported minor injuries following the quake. More than 70 households are still without water.

Assessing Aftermath Of Hokkaido Quake

Assessing aftermath of Hokkaido quake

Authorities are assessing the damage from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido on Thursday night.

Four people reported minor injuries following the quake. More than 70 households are still without water.

M5.8 Quake Hits Japan's Hokkaido

M5.8 quake hits Japan's Hokkaido

Authorities are racing to assess the damage after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

Officials are calling on people to remain on the alert for seismic activity. 3 people reported minor injuries.

Aftermath Of Hokkaido Quake

Aftermath of Hokkaido quake

The strong earthquake that hit Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido slightly injured three people. It also cut the supply of water in some areas and stranded many people.

More than 100 households in Atsuma Town were without water as of 4:30 AM on Friday. The jolt in the area registered six minus on the country's seismic intensity scale of zero to seven.