TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are considering visiting quake-hit Hokkaido possibly in November, officials of the Imperial Household AKYgency said Tuesday.
The agency is arranging for the imperial couple to make a trip to the hardest-hit town of Atsuma sometime around November before it becomes cold, the officials said.
The Sept. 6 earthquake that rocked Japan's northernmost main island claimed the lives of 41 people across Hokkaido with 681 others suffering injuries. It also triggered a prefecture-wide blackout.
On Tuesday, the emperor and empress heard from Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi on the extent of damage in Hokkaido.
The emperor and empress have often visited disaster-stricken areas to comfort victims. Most recently, they visited this month areas in western Japan -- Okayama, Ehime and Hiroshima prefectures -- that were hit hardest by the torrential rains in July that caused floods and mudslides and killed over 220 people.