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First Hokkaido IR showcase to open at end of November

Organizers have announced that the “First Hokkaido IR Showcase” will be held in Sapporo city on November 30 and December 1 of this year,...

Hokkaido tourism hit by earthquake cancellations

The threat of major aftershocks and the electricity crisis are driving tourists away from Hokkaido at an alarmingly high rate. Hotels that are used to having about 80 percent occupancy in this season are instead reporting waves of cancellations reducing room occupancy to about 20 percent.

Pachinko chains institute rolling store closures in Hokkaido

Larger pachinko companies, ordinarily quite conspicuous in their consumption of electricity, are going the extra mile in energy-tight Hokkaido by instituting rolling closures at their outlets as a special conservation measure that goes beyond turning off some neon signs.

Hokkaido governor looks for support from Tomakomai

The Hokkaido gubernatorial race is already informally underway. Incumbent Harumi Takahashi spoke with leaders of Tomakomai’s business community last Friday about the city’s potential IR bid in connection with her own political future.

Hokkaido Experts’ Committee to select candidate site before year end

The Experts Committee established by Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi to help give a IR bid political momentum vis-a-vis a skeptical prefectural assembly, held its first meeting on July 31. It declared that the candidate site would be settled by the end of the year.

Kitahiroshima city government divided on IR bid

In the nearly six months since the Heiwa Corporation first submitted its plan to build an IR in Kitahiroshima city, Hokkaido, the municipal authorities have yet to give a clear answer, and are said to be divided over the matter.

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