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Hokkaido wind farms get tailwind as tides shift for fisheries

Coastal towns receptive to offshore projects as fish catches slide

There are high hopes on the northernmost main Japanese island of Hokkaido that offshore wind farms will benefit struggling fishing communities. (Photo courtesy of MHI Vestas)

SAPPORO, Japan -- Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands, has seen the launch of a string of offshore wind farm projects, as fishing communities hit by declining catches look for other ways to earn a livelihood.

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