Apr 26, 2017

Asahikawa iron factory blast leaves one dead, five injured

An explosion at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on Tuesday morning killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said. The 56-year-old manager, Akira Sato, died at a local hospital after suffering serious burns from the 8:30 a.m. blast at ...

Six injured in iron factory blast in Hokkaido

Apr 25, 2017

Six injured in iron factory blast in Hokkaido

A furnace exploded Tuesday morning at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, leaving six people injured and prompting nearby residents and workers to evacuate the area for fear of further blasts, police and firefighters said. Sixteen people were taken to a hospital, including one ...

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

Apr 24, 2017

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

A member of the Self-Defense Forces was drummed out of the service in March after not showing up for duty without notice for 89 days, the latest in a series of cases where SDF personnel have been absent without leave for long periods. Former ...

JR Hokkaido faces challenges on unique shinkansen line

Apr 10, 2017

JR Hokkaido faces challenges on unique shinkansen line

Hokkaido Railway Co. continues to face a host of challenges to ensure the safety of its Hokkaido Shinkansen Line a year after the bullet train line went into service. The 149-km-long high-speed train line connects Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in the city of Hokuto in Hokkaido ...

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line marks first year of service

Mar 27, 2017

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line marks first year of service

The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, which connects Honshu and Hokkaido by high-speed train, on Sunday marked its first year of service. Commemorative events were held at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, near Hakodate, and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture. At Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, a ceremony welcomed the ...