Jul 27, 2014

Hokkaido Electric seeks approval for second hike in energy rates

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is considering filing for government approval next month for plans to implement an additional hike in its electricity rates for households, it was learned Sunday. Seven Japanese power suppliers — including Hokkaido Electric — have raised their rates following the ...

Jul 23, 2014

Hokkaido politician quits after causing trouble on flight

A member of the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly resigned Tuesday after causing trouble on an international flight. “I apologize for the blunder,” Yasunori Obata, 65, from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, told a news conference. His resignation was immediately accepted by the assembly speaker. According ...

Jul 21, 2014

Magnitude-6.2 earthquake hits off Hokkaido

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off the northeast coast early Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The agency said the quake struck at 2:32 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 70 km northeast of Hokkaido, close to the disputed Russian-administered Kuril ...

Jul 11, 2014

Hokkaido braces for rain as typhoon exits Tokyo area

The powerful typhoon rolling across Japan crossed the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture Friday morning and is expected to head to the Pacific Ocean and turn into an extratropical cyclone off the Sanriku coast in northeast Honshu by the evening. The Meteorological Agency warned ...

Jul 8, 2014

Quake shakes Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Hokkaido on Tuesday evening, but no tsunami alert was issued, the Meteorological Agency said. The 6:05 p.m. quake originated in the southern Ishikari region and the focus of the quake was shallow, the agency said. ...