Feb 7, 2014
Rally marks Northern Territories Day -NHK World English
About 1,000 former residents of 4 Russian-held islands off Hokkaido in northern Japan have attended a rally to call for their return.
The Japan Times
Renewable energy push blunted as ad-hoc rules stymie private upstarts
No nuclear threat: A group of windmills on the tip of the Nemuro Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido is considered one of Japan's major renewable energy facilities, but the momentum for expanding clean power generation is being eroded by financial considerations.
Japan Visitor Blog
Akabira Station Hokkaido
Sorachi in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido . Akabira town's railway station, Akabira Station, code named "T23," was established in 1913, and is one of the 69 stations on JR Hokkaido's Nemuro Main Line .
Putin expected to visit disputed Kunashiri next week
Russian President Vladimir Putin might visit one of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan next week, a person affiliated with a group of former residents who just returned from visiting the islands said Monday.