Hokkaido Broadcasting Co. Launches Its G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit 2008

    G8 related local news videos with English subtitles available at

    HOKKAIDO, Japan, June 12 /CNW/ -- Hokkaido Broadcasting Company ("HBC")
launched its English website to provide G8 Summit related news videos and
archives that have been produced since spring 2007 when the town of Toyako was
elected as the official venue. Upon notice that Toyako had been chosen, HBC
immediately formed a special news crew to broadcast coverage. Since then, the
crew has been broadcasting and will continue to cover the Summit in detail
until it ends. Currently, the site contains over 60 news videos with English
subtitles that cover all aspects of the Summit. Hokkaido Broadcasting is also
offering news video and footage to foreign media upon request [Contact:
    The website covers stories of Summit related events, preparation of
activities by the hosting town of Toyako, anti-Summit protests by local
organizations in addition to government news. The archives include scenes of
local resort areas, images and videos of nature, lives of unusual animals as
well as an explosion of the nearby volcano Mt. Usu, which erupted in 1910,
1943, 1977 and 2000. The website also utilizes a 24-hour live camera that
captures activity around Lake Toyako, local weather, sightseeing information
and the countdown board.
    "Having a 56-year history of broadcasting in Hokkaido, our mission is to
broadcast not only important G8 Summit events but also related local vivid
news to the nation," said Osamu Naganuma, president of HBC. "Moreover, our
footage and video clips will be vital sources for foreign media so that we
strongly offer them to use our resources."
    About HBC
    Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd. is one of the oldest TV stations in Japan
with 56 years of experience in the broadcasting industry. HBC provides service
to 2,580,577 households in Northern Japan and is the recipient of various
awards in the fields of documentary and drama.
    About Toyako
    Toyako (Lake Toyako) is a part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park in the
northern island Hokkaido and is one of the most popular resorts in Japan. The
splendor of its lake scenery along with a volcano attracts 5 million visitors
every year.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Masato Tanaka of Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.,
 Ltd., +81-11-232-5820, g8@hbc.co.jp Web Site: http://www.hbc.jp/g8/eng

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