The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, which connects Honshu and Hokkaido by high-speed train, on Sunday marked its first year of service. Commemorative events were held at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, near Hakodate, and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture.
The City of Seward and the Seward International Friendship Association are seeking up to four high school students to participate in the student exchange with Obihiro, Japan. Japanese students come to Seward in late July, then the Seward students travel to Obihiro in early August.
Hokkaido University has agreed to return to descendants of the Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group concentrated in Japan's northernmost main island, ancestral remains exhumed from a cemetery for research in the 1930s, the descendants said this week. The agreement reached in a court-mediated settlement at the Sapporo District Court in Hokkaido on Wednesday ends three rounds of a five-year legal battle between Ainu descendants and the university.
Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has announced it will officially recognise same-sex partnerships from June this year, according to the Japan Times . This makes it the largest city in Japan to do so, after the smaller districts of Shibuya and Setagaya in Tokyo legally recognised same-sex couples in 2015.
Race participants will ride on fully closed roads and experience some of the most breathtakingly scenic cycling in Japan, taking them over mountain passes, through farmland and along the ocean. Over 1000 athletes from 25 countries including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Norway, Australia, USA, Italy, UK, Netherlands are registered for the race.
Residential land prices in 2017 stopped falling for the first time in nine years, supported by solid demand in three major metropolitan areas and other big cities, government data showed Tuesday. The average nationwide residential land price as of Jan. 1 rose a marginal 0.022 percent from a year earlier, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said in an annual survey covering 26,000 locations.
By Nabilah Saleh SAPPORO -- The biting sub-zero temperatures of Hokkaido did little to subdue the sheer excitement I felt as I travelled to its capital city of Sapporo. It was, after all, my first winter experience, and I looked forward to enjoying it in Japan's northernmost prefecture.
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Saturday reiterated his call for Japan's complete exit from nuclear energy as the country marked the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. "Nuclear power plants will become a negative legacy for future generations," Koizumi said at an event organized by a civic group in Sapporo.