Most seats empty on Hokkaido Shinkansen

Apr 14, 2016

Most seats empty on Hokkaido Shinkansen

Slightly more people have been riding the new Hokkaido Shinkansen Line than expected, but not enough to avoid losses, according to the bullet train’s operator. The line, which opened March 26, saw average seat occupancy of 27 percent in its first 16 days, JR ...

Shinkansen makes emergency stop in Hokkaido's subsea tunnel

Apr 6, 2016

Shinkansen makes emergency stop in Hokkaido's subsea tunnel

A shinkansen made an emergency stop on Friday inside the nearly 54-kilometer undersea tunnel on the newly opened Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, the railway operator said Wednesday. The driver stopped the train because an emergency signal was triggered by a small metal object lying near ...

Already snowbound, Hokkaido faces worst blizzard in years

Mar 1, 2016

Already snowbound, Hokkaido faces worst blizzard in years

The Meteorological Agency warned Hokkaido on Tuesday to brace for its worst blizzard in years, and airlines and railways halted some operations. As an intensive low-pressure system moved eastward near Hokkaido, the agency forecast a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 40 meters per second ...

Three JR Hokkaido officials indicted over rail data falsification

Feb 24, 2016

Three JR Hokkaido officials indicted over rail data falsification

Public prosecutors on Wednesday indicted three officials of Hokkaido Railway Co., or JR Hokkaido, for submitting false track inspection data over a freight train derailment in violation of the railway business law. The railway company was also indicted. The three individuals are Yoshihito Okushiba, ...

Feb 8, 2016

Cyberattacks target JR Hokkaido; security info may have leaked

More than 300 files of information, including those related to transportation security, may have leaked out after a personal computer at Hokkaido Railway Co. came under cyberattacks, NHK reported on Monday. The company, known as JR Hokkaido, was targeted by cyberattacks when it was ...

Dec 19, 2015

Papers on JR Hokkaido derailment to be sent to prosecutors

The prefectural police department of Hokkaido plans to shortly send papers on Hokkaido Railway Co. and some of its employees to public prosecutors over the 2013 derailment of a freight train that led to data falsification, it was learned Friday. Inspection data for the ...

Oct 28, 2014

JR Hokkaido found to have ignored 260 track irregularities

Hokkaido Railway Co. failed to implement work within a certain time to repair track irregularities found in fiscal 2013 at 260 locations, the Board of Audit said Tuesday. Of the locations, 90 were not repaired for more than two months after the deadline and ...