Feb 16, 2017

Teen rape suspect turns himself in after escape from hospital

A 17-year-old rape suspect who escaped from police custody at a hospital in Hokkaido the previous day turned himself in on Thursday, accompanied by a female acquaintance, officials said. According to the Hokkaido Prefectural Police, the suspect, a company employee in Hakodate, was arrested ...

Jan 31, 2017

Sapporo drafts partnership rules for LGBT couples

The Sapporo Municipal Government has unveiled draft rules for officially recognizing same-sex partnerships between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. Not only would Sapporo be the country’s first major city to set such rules, it would also be the first municipality to certify partnerships ...

Hokkaido's Nagamare Kaikyo train tour rated best in Japan

Jan 25, 2017

Hokkaido's Nagamare Kaikyo train tour rated best in Japan

A tour package featuring the Nagamare Kaikyo sightseeing train in Hokkaido has won the grand prize in a contest to honor great railroad tours in the nation, according to the executive committee of the Tetsutabi Of The Year award. In its sixth year, the ...

Heavy snow traps over 300 vehicles in western Japan

Jan 24, 2017

Heavy snow traps over 300 vehicles in western Japan

More than 300 vehicles were stranded in the snow early Tuesday on highways and major roads along the Sea of Japan coast, prompting a request for troops to help with rescue efforts. Roughly 200 vehicles were held up on National Route 373 in the ...