* Says it plans to retire 2.21 pct stake of treasury stock,
on Sept. 30
* Says it repurchased 30 million shares of its common stock,
from July 1 to July 14
* Says it will repurchase up to 30,000,000 shares,
representing a 2.2 percent stake
* Says rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I)
affirmed the rating on Hokuhoku Financial Group at "A"