Fishing Boats Freed By Russia Return To Hokkaido

Fishing boats freed by Russia return to Hokkaido

Five Japanese fishing boats and their crew have returned to a port in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido one week after the ships were seized by Russian authorities.

The ships and 24 crewmembers were welcomed by their families and fishery cooperative officials at Hanasaki Port in the city of Nemuro on Tuesday afternoon.

Jr Hokkaido To Roll Out Versatile Express Trains From Fall 2020

JR Hokkaido to roll out versatile express trains from fall 2020

SAPPORO--Financially troubled Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) is jumping on board new multipurpose express trains to help improve the company's management.

JR Hokkaido unveiled the design and other outlines for the train cars, which will be introduced from next year.

Hokkaido Zoo's Raccoon Dogs Become Video Stars

Hokkaido zoo's raccoon dogs become video stars

A video of raccoon dogs playing in fallen leaves at a zoo in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has gone viral on Twitter.

The two fluffy friends, Shiro and An, are seen frolicking in a thick carpet of autumn foliage.

Severe Winter Storms Slamming Hokkaido

Severe winter storms slamming Hokkaido

Weather officials warn that a winter-like atmospheric pressure pattern may bring blizzards to Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido through Saturday, and that transportation could be disrupted.

The officials say some areas of Hokkaido, mainly on the Sea of Japan, are experiencing violent winds and fierce snowstorms.

Officials Urge Caution For Hokkaido Snowstorm

Officials urge caution for Hokkaido snowstorm

Weather officials warn that a heavy snowstorm could disrupt transport systems in Hokkaido and other parts of northern Japan from Thursday to Saturday.

The officials say a developing low-pressure system and a cold air mass will likely bring blizzards to Hokkaido, mainly on the Sea of Japan side.

Remembering The Victims In Hokkaido Quake

Remembering the victims in Hokkaido quake

People in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido are remembering the victims of a powerful earthquake that struck one year ago. Forty-four people died as a result of the quake and hundreds still remain in temporary housing.

Officials in Atsuma, the town hit hardest by the quake, paused at noon for a moment of silence.

Hokkaido Earthquake One Year On

Hokkaido earthquake one year on

People in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido are marking one year since a powerful earthquake shook their island. And the area is still recovering. Forty-four people died and 785 were injured as a result of the quake.

On September 6 last year, the magnitude 6.7 quake struck the western part of Hokkaido early in the morning.

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.