Sep 11, 2014

Rain lashes northern areas as low rolls through

Heavy rain fell in many regions Thursday as a low pressure system made the atmosphere extremely unstable in northern and eastern parts of the country. The Meteorological Agency issued a special warning to the Ishikari region in Hokkaido and urged caution against floods and ...

Aug 29, 2014

First nationwide survey on Ainu discrimination to be carried out

The government plans to conduct its first full-fledged survey to grasp the reality of discrimination of the indigenous Ainu people in Japan, officials said Thursday. The Cabinet Secretariat will request about ¥7 million in the budget for the nationwide survey planned for fiscal 2015 ...

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 ...