Former residents' trip to disputed Russian-held isles postponed

Jun 18, 2017

Former residents' trip to disputed Russian-held isles postponed

A homecoming trip scheduled for former Japanese residents of the Russian-controlled islands off Hokkaido was postponed Sunday due to poor weather, government officials said. About 70 people, including former islanders and their kin, are to be the first former residents to travel by air ...

Japan named world's best skiing destination by Aussie travel magazine

May 20, 2017

Japan named world's best skiing destination by Aussie travel magazine

Overtaking New Zealand, Japan has topped the 2017 world skiing destination rankings compiled by Australia’s International Traveler magazine. Readers picked Japan as the best skiing destination thanks to its high-quality powder snow. “‘Powder, powder, powder’ is one of the main reasons Japan was absolutely ...

Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

May 16, 2017

Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

All four crew members were confirmed dead on Tuesday after rescuers found the wreckage of a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft that disappeared from radar Monday in a mountainous area of Hokkaido. Police and rescue workers found pieces of the aircraft scattered over a wide ...

GSDF reconnaissance plane vanishes in Hokkaido

May 15, 2017

GSDF reconnaissance plane vanishes in Hokkaido

The Defense Ministry fears that a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft crashed Monday in Hokkaido while heading to an airport to pick up an emergency medical patient, officials said. Ground control lost contact with the LR-2 reconnaissance plane, carrying four male crew members, at around ...

Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall

May 12, 2017

Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall

Hokkaido’s potato farmers haven’t recovered from last summer’s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island ...