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At least 52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Authorities warn more rain is expected as rescue operations continue in southwestern Japan

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) In the worst-affected region of Kumamoto, bad weather is preventing some rescue efforts, local officials say, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Tsunagi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 6, 2020. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency warns that life-threatening landslides are possible

RAINS. A train stops at a station during a heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Heavy rain prompts evacuation orders for 1.1 million in Japan

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Japanese authorities are urging people to take shelter early after disastrous heavy rains last summer in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people

EVACUATIONS. Residents take shelter in an evacuation centre in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Authorities warn of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim batters the southern Okinawan island chain dumping the most rain seen over a 24 hour period in 50 years on the city of Miyako

Huge floods sweep southern Japan, 2 dead, 20 missing

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:09 AM

4th UPDATE Meteorologists warn of worse to come and soldiers and rescuers scramble to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people out of the path of landslides and the swirling torrents of muddy water

This video screenshot provided by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism regional development bureau shows the Hikosan River after the water level increased due to heavy rain in Soeda town, Fukuoka prefecture, on July 5, 2017. Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism / AFP

Typhoon Malakas slams Japan, heading toward Tokyo

Sep 20, 2016 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED A powerful typhoon rips into southern Japan dumping torrential rains on the region that left some communities partially submerged and forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled

A swollen river is seen after Typhon Malakas made landfall overnight, in Miyazaki on September 20, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan typhoon kills 9 in elderly home

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED At least 5 others are missing in northern Japan following the onslaught of Typhoon Lionrock

This picture provided by Tokachi Mainichi Newspaper via Jiji Press on August 31, 2016 shows a house swept down a river at the town of Shimizu in Hokkaido prefecture, after Typhoon Lionrock struck overnight. Tokachi Mainichi / Jiji Press / AFP

Strong typhoon Lionrock slams into Japan's northeast

Aug 30, 2016 - 5:29 PM

UPDATED Typhoon Lionrock makes landfall near the city of Ofunato shortly before 6 pm

Waves beat against the seashore in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on August 30, 2016 as Typhoon Lionrock makes its course towards northeastern Japan. Jiji Press/AFP

Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon strikes near Tokyo

Aug 22, 2016 - 1:44 PM

UPDATED Public broadcaster NHK reports 30 people have been injured

STILL WORKING. Staff members of a TV station stand by under heavy rain in downtown Tokyo on August 22, 2016. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan landslides, floods death toll rises to 6

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:41 AM

More than 6 000 residents in the area evacuated their homes including those who had fled to safety after two earthquakes in April

This handout taken by the Kumamoto Prefectural Police Department and received via Jiji Press on June 21, 2016 shows police officers and firefighters during rescue operations following a landslide in the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto. Kumamoto Prefectural Police Department via Jiji Press/AFP

Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:26 AM

As officials vow to prevent a repeat some critics say Tokyo s push to restart switched off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

Feb 08, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A look at advanced technologies that Japan uses to protect its buildings

QUAKE ZONE. This file photo shows business office buildings in central Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan holds annual disaster response drill

Sep 01, 2015 - 3:08 PM

Rescue operations and emergency medical exercises are carried out to simulate an emergency response to a strong 7 3 magnitude quake rocking Tokyo in the early morning

DUCK, COVER, HOLD. Elementary school children take cover under their desks during an earthquake drill at a school in Tokyo on September 1, 2015. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The powerful storm hit southwestern Kumamoto prefecture at about 6 am local time 2100 GMT Monday Japan s weather agency says

GONI'S RAIN. Tourists with raincoats walk under the rain at International Street in Naha, in the Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa, August 24, 2015. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Mar 11, 2015 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED The 2011 Tohoku disaster swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many

HONORING THE VICTIMS. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Empress Michiko bow in front of the altar for the victims of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the national memorial service in Tokyo, Japan, 11 March 2015. Toru Hanai/Pool/EPA

4 years on, Japan's tsunami victims frozen in their tragedy

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Four years after the tsunami thousands of people are unable to turn the page on the horror For them grief is frozen in time because they cannot find the bodies they need to mourn

IN LOVING MEMORY. In a picture taken on March 8, 2015, portraits of Takayuku Ueno's two deceased children, daughter Erika (L) and son Kotaro (R), are displayed on an alter at his newly constructed home at Kaibama area in Minami-soma, north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED An official tells a Tokyo news conference that geologists regard the quake as an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake

2 dead, one missing as Typhoon Vongfong pounds Japan

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED At least 96 people were injured in typhoon related accidents in 23 prefectures nearly half of Japan s provinces

People try to move a tree after it fell on a car due to strong winds generated by typhoon Vongfong in Urasoe on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, 12 October 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Typhoon Vongfong slams into Japan

Oct 13, 2014 - 8:09 AM

UPDATED Winds of up to 180 kilometers 112 miles per hour whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall in Makurazaki on Kyushu island at around 8:30 am local time

Huge waves generated by typhoon Vongfong hit the coast in Yomitan village, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, 12 October 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Search for bodies on Japan volcano halted as typhoon looms

Oct 05, 2014 - 2:12 PM

Heavy rain and strong winds are sweeping across Japan as Typhoon Phanfone moves toward the Pacific coast

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and police rescuers during search and rescue operations near the peak of Mount Ontake, in Otaki, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, 04 October 2014. Japan Ground Self-Defense Force photo

Sudden eruption of Japanese volcano 'very rare'

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:54 AM

The suddenness of the eruption of Japan s Mount Ontake volcano is an extremely rare phenomenon which makes it impossible to take precautionary measures says an expert

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Four people confirmed dead from Japan volcanic eruption: NHK

Sep 28, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The first deaths from the sudden eruption of a volcano in Japan have been confirmed local media reports

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano – police

Sep 28, 2014 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED More than 30 hikers are feared dead after being found near the peak of a Japanese volcano which erupted without warning spewing ash rocks and steam

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Radiation fears still haunt Fukushima

Sep 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Three years after the devastating quake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear disaster residents of Fukushima are still worried about the effects of radiation

THE WORK CONTINUES. Local residents work to decontaminate the rice fields in the Odaka district of Minamisoma city, 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 24 February 2014. Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Japan gov't calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:08 PM

The country has experienced shortage of sanitary products in past disasters Also 40 of its toilet paper production is in a region where a disastrous quake and tsunami could strike

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Aug 21, 2014 - 12:52 PM

Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima that saw more than a month s rainfall in just three hours

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Police officers search for missing people after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan on August 20, 2014. Jiji Press/AFP

At least 27 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

Aug 20, 2014 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight as rescuers scoured the scene for any signs of life

This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014. Jiji Press/AFP

Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan – reports

Aug 11, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan East Sea Monday morning after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu over the weekend

BATTERED. Waves driven by Typhoon Halong crashing onto a torii gate shrine in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, Japan, 10 August 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

#FloritaPH: Help map critical reports

Jul 07, 2014 - 4:00 AM

Typhoon Neoguri threatens to bring rain across Western Visayas and Southern Luzon Use this Project Agos Alert Map to find and map the latest reports

Strong earthquake hits eastern Japan, shakes Tokyo

Nov 10, 2013 - 7:52 AM

The quake lasted about 30 seconds and was felt by many people in Tokyo

Dozens leave Japan mudslide island to beat new typhoon

Oct 23, 2013 - 2:59 PM

Meanwhile the death toll from the landslides a week ago rose to 30

TYPHOON FRANCISCO. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this stunning visible image of Typhoon Francisco approaching Japan (top left corner in the Pacific Ocean, October 22, 2013. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Japan rescuers search for typhoon Wipha survivors

Oct 17, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Typhoon Wipha dubbed the strongest in a decade never actually made landfall as it surged past Japan but searing winds and torrential rain set off mudslides

AFTER WIPHA. Oshima local fire brigade members search for survivors at a mudslide site triggered by a strong typhoon on Oshima Island, a remote island south of Tokyo, Japan, 17 October 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan, 3 dead

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Man yi forces the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean

MAN-YI. Tropical Storm Man-yi covered two-thirds of Japan's main island Honshu when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image on Sept. 16 at 0140 UTC/Sept. 15 at 9:40 p.m. EDT. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

6.5 quake hits east Japan - USGS

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:16 AM

Gov t: The epicenter is in the Pacific hundreds of kilometers miles south of Tokyo We see no risk of a tsunami

More than 1M Japanese take part in disaster drill

Sep 01, 2013 - 3:30 PM

This year s drill saw the government simulate its response to a powerful earthquake in central to western Japan

DISASTER DRILL. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes shelter under a table as he experiences an intensity 7 (Shindo scale) earthquake in an earthquake-simulation vehicle at the venue of a major annual earthquake disaster drill in Chiba, east of Tokyo, 01 September 2013. EPA/Franck Robichon

Strong quake shakes northern Japan

Aug 04, 2013 - 12:14 PM

The focus of the quake which took place at 12:29 pm 0329 GMT was in the Pacific off Miyagi prefecture

Japan marks second tsunami anniversary

Mar 11, 2013 - 12:33 PM

The government will host a national ceremony in Tokyo attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to mourn 15 881 people who died and 2 668 others who remain unaccounted for

TWO YEARS. Sumiko Yoshida (R, w/glasses) and her sister Katsue Nagano (L) pray at the tomb during the prayers for five of their family members who were killed in the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Rikuzentakata city one day before the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters, in Rikuzentakata on March 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Google Public Alerts goes live in Japan

Mar 08, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Google unveils Public Alerts to help Japan when a crisis strikes

PUBLIC ALERTS. Google launches Public Alerts to help Japan in crisis situations. Screenshot from Google.

Hope, despair as Japan marks tsunami anniversary

Mar 07, 2013 - 2:52 PM

Two years on and with an energized new administration in Tokyo some are daring to believe that better times lie ahead for the stricken northeast and the country as a whole


Fault under Japan nuclear plant 'may be active'

Nov 11, 2012 - 3:42 PM

Japan s only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth s crust a geologist has warned saying it is very silly to allow it to continue operating

Typhoon Maliksi nearing Japan's northeast

Oct 04, 2012 - 3:15 PM

A strong typhoon looms off Japan s northeastern Pacific coast on Thursday October 4 the weather agency said

Typhoon Damrey approaches southern Japan

Aug 01, 2012 - 2:44 PM

Typhoon Damrey was approaching southern Japan on Wednesday August 1 triggering warnings of torrential rain and violent winds

Satellite image of typhoon Damrey (TS 11W), approaching southern Japan, July 31, 2012. Image courtesy of JTWC/SatOps.

Japan, TEPCO ignored nuclear accident risks: report

Jul 23, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Japanese Tokyo Electric Power officials ignored risks of an atomic accident because they believed in the myth of nuclear safety a report on the Fukushima crisis said

Workers remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant

Jul 18, 2012 - 4:58 PM

Workers at Japan s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant removed nuclear fuel Wednesday July 18 for the first time since last year s tsunami sparked crisis media said

Flood-battered Japan warily eyes typhoon

Jul 17, 2012 - 4:10 PM

Flood battered southwestern Japan on Tuesday July 17 braced for a typhoon amid fears it could heap further misery on an area where at least 32 are dead or missing after record rainfall

Japan's flood victims begin clean-up

Jul 16, 2012 - 4:13 PM

Flood victims in Japan began a full scale clean up operation Monday July 16 after record rainfall forced hundreds of thousands to flee and left at least 32 dead or missing

This handout picture released from Kumamoto Fire Department on July 12, 2012 and given to AFP via JIJI Press shows an aerial view of a residential area affected by flood waters left by torrential rain at Aso city in Kumamoto prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. AFP PHOTO / KUMAMOTO FIRE DEPARTMENT via JIJI PRESS

5,000 cut off in landslide as Japan faces more floods

Jul 15, 2012 - 3:02 PM

More than 5 000 people were cut off by landslides Sunday July 15 as more heavy rain and floods were forecast in southwestern Japan where the death toll from torrential downpours rose to 22

This handout picture released from Kumamoto Fire Department on July 12, 2012 and given to AFP via JIJI Press shows an aerial view of a residential area affected by flood waters left by torrential rain at Aso city in Kumamoto prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. AFP PHOTO / KUMAMOTO FIRE DEPARTMENT via JIJI PRESS