Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

Aug 20, 2016

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

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Harry Sweeney has his hand up a horse’s backside. The mare looks put out by this intrusion. Her eyes dart about nervously and she shifts her weight before accepting five thick human digits probing her insides. After feeling the uterus and the swelling of ...

Bad 'azuki' bean harvest may raise the price of sweets

Aug 17, 2016

Bad 'azuki' bean harvest may raise the price of sweets

Following less-than-favorable weather in Hokkaido, makers of traditional wagashi sweets may be forced to raise prices because of growing concerns about this year’s azuki (sweet red bean) harvest. The northernmost prefecture, where some 90 percent of domestic azuki is farmed, saw a relatively large ...

Aug 12, 2016

Four drown off west Hokkaido coast

Four men drowned in an accident off the coast of Ishikari in western Hokkaido, police and the Japan Coast Guard said Friday. The deceased are believed to be Hokkaido residents in their late teens or 20s, the police said. A barbecue stove and beer ...

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

Aug 7, 2016

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

A field of 1.5 million sunflower plants in full bloom is attracting tourists to the city of Hokuryu in eastern Hokkaido. Some of the plants in the 23-hectare field, one of the largest of its kind in Japan, are about 2 meters tall. Visitors ...

Jul 15, 2016

Body parts found in Shizuoka lake that of Hokkaido man, 32

The dismembered body of a man found last week in and around Lake Hamanako in Shizuoka Prefecture has been identified as that of a man from Hokkaido, police said Thursday. The victim was 32-year-old Yuto Demachi, who was originally from Bibai, Hokkaido. The police ...