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Outline of Hokkaido

 Hokkaido's great natural splendor makes it one of the most beautiful prefectures in Japan. Many foreign tourists visit Hokkaido every year. Hokkaido is experiencing drastic social changes as a result of globalization and the spread of information technology. However, it is possible that new types of accidents and crimes will occur here.
 
 The Hokkaido Prefectural Police are working day and night to live up to the expectations of people in Hokkaido by securing their safety. The No.1 principle of the Hokkaido Prefectural Police is to eliminate all crime and accidents so that Hokkaido will be a place where people can live in peace.
 
 Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is surrounded by the Japan Sea, the Okhotsk Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. It is close to Sakhalin, the Russian Federation. Russia is only 42 km from Cape Soya, the northern tip of Japan.
 
 Hokkaido measures 83,500 km2, 22.1% of Japan's land area, making the prefecture comparable in size to Austria, which is 83,850 km2.
 It is on the border of the sub-frigid climate zone. Heavy snowfall makes for harsh weather during winter. The average temperature is 6 to 10 degrees centigrade. The rainy season is rather short, and it is followed by cool, less humid weather. There are fewer typhoons than elsewhere in Japan. The climate resembles those of Chicago and Boston, USA.
 
 The Hokkaido Prefectural Police have the challenging task of covering the vast area of Hokkaido. Snow falls for almost half the year, with results that are typical of such climate: traffic disruption from heavy snowfall, traffic accidents from road surface freezing, avalanches, accidents in mountains, etc.