JR Hokkaido says it can't maintain half of its railways

Nov 19, 2016

JR Hokkaido says it can't maintain half of its railways

Hokkaido Railway Co. said Friday it has difficulty maintaining half of its railways by itself. At a news conference at JR Hokkaido's head office in Sapporo, President Osamu Shimada said the company finds it hard to continue operating 13 money-losing sections of 10 lines on ...

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 the ...

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 and ...

Feb 19, 2014

No way to run a railway

Hokkaido police have begun an investigation of JR Hokkaido on suspicion that its workers fabricated track maintenance data after a freight train derailed in the Hakodate line's Onuma Station compound last Sept. 19.