Bibai

Bibai

(bī`bī), city (1990 pop. 35,176), Hokkaido prefecture, central Hokkaido, Japan. Due to the decline of the Ishikari coal field, the population of Bibai has decreased steadily since the 1960s. The city's main products are electrical appliances and concrete.
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The Ishikari coal field, which once boasted the biggest coal production capacity in Japan, stretches across Bibai, Yubari and several other towns and cities in central Hokkaido.
He said that he inspected the affected site where the circled area showed the location of the volcanic eruption; the surrounding dark coloured rocks are Bibai Formation (a geology term).
Yoshiteru Nakagawa, 78, who lives in the Republic of Kalmykiya in southern Russia, was confirmed as brother of Toyoko Chiba, 74, a resident in Bibai, Hokkaido, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.
of Sapporo, which extracts coal in Bibai, Hokkaido Prefecture, said a papermaker and a cement firm have indicated they might increase the volume of their coal purchases.
A fire at a three-story building in Bibai, Hokkaido killed two firefighters who were trapped under the debris while battling the blaze, the Bibai municipal fire headquarters said Sunday.
The fire spread more speedily than firefighters had expected,'' said Bibai fire chief Kenji Sato during a press conference.
Twenty-six people were injured, one seriously, in a pileup Wednesday morning involving about 80 vehicles in the southbound lane of the Do-o Expressway in Bibai, western Hokkaido, police said.
The accident halted southbound traffic between Mikasa and Iwamizawa and northbound vehicles traveling between Mikasa and Bibai.
Yuko Fukaya reports from Asahikawa, Japan: In the city of Bibai, Hokkaido Prefecture, a block of condominiums has a facility next to it that stores snow for later use to cool rooms in summer -- a world's first.
As for wetlands to be newly included, the ministry named Miyajima swamp in Bibai, Hokkaido, and Fujimae tideland in Nagoya.