Hokkaido Broadcasting Co. to Post Local News of 2008 G8 Summit

    G8 local news clips available with English subtitles at www.hbc.jp/g8/eng/

    HOKKAIDO, Japan, June 30 /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. Currently, the site contains over 70 news
videos with English subtitles.
    "Eco" is one of the keywords being used to connect the Summit to the
local community. The community has built a crop storage house out of snow and
has organized an event called "Gaia Night" in which people spend the night
with candles in lieu of electricity.
    The Japanese congress recently passed a bill that recognizes that Ainu,
an ethnic group that lives in Hokkaido and promotes a harmonious lifestyle in
balance with nature, is an indigenous group of Japan. With the passing of the
legislature, people are viewing Ainu's peaceful coexistence with nature as a
role model for "Eco" life.
    In addition to local news, HBC provides archives that 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 and sightseeing
    "Having the G8 Summit allows the people of Hokkaido to be more aware of
global environmental issues.  It also provides people with the chance to
engage in activities and gatherings," said Osamu Naganuma, president of HBC.
"HBC will continue to focus on local society news and the summit influences."
    Hokkaido Broadcasting is offering news video and footage to foreign media
upon request [Contact: toyako2008@hbc.co.jp].
    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 Hokkaido.  For more information, visit
http://www.hbc.jp/g8/eng .
    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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