Chickens culled at flu-hit Miyazaki farm

Dec 20, 2016

Chickens culled at flu-hit Miyazaki farm

The culling of some 122,000 chickens began early Tuesday at a poultry farm in Miyazaki Prefecture where an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5 strain of bird flu has been confirmed. It is the sixth case of bird flu in Japan this winter. Prefectural ...

Dec 18, 2016

Bird flu's spread to Hokkaido sparks culling of 210,000 chickens

Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of highly contagious bird flu, an official said Sunday. It is the fifth mass cull this winter, with hundreds of officials working to prevent the virulent H5 strain detected ...

Injuries claim Mount Hakodate Ropeway worker

Dec 12, 2016

Injuries claim Mount Hakodate Ropeway worker

A 26-year-old worker for the Mount Hakodate Ropeway in Hokkaido died early Monday after his legs were caught in cable car gear. The operator shut down the aerial tramway to rescue the man, Ryohei Narita, and to inspect the equipment, temporarily stranding about 1,000 ...

Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Dec 10, 2016

Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Heavy snow hit central Hokkaido on Saturday, disrupting flight and train services throughout the region. At New Chitose Airport, southeast of the capital Sapporo, 241 flights were canceled, according to the airport operator. A total of 135 train runs, including those connecting Sapporo Station ...

Dec 8, 2016

Tokyo, Moscow mull joint statement following leaders' summit

Japan and Russia are mulling the release of a statement calling for talks on joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands following the leaders’ bilateral meeting next week, Japanese government sources said. The envisioned joint statement, to be issued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...