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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

Typhoon barrels towards flood-hit western Japan

Jul 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Typhoon Jongdari is currently packing winds of nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) an hour and is forecast to hit the country's main island on Saturday night, Japan's Meteorological Agency says

PREPARE FOR MORE RAIN. This picture shows an aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

'Unprecedented' Japan heat wave kills 65 in one week

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) The heat wave 'is fatal, and we recognize it as a natural disaster,' says weather agency official Motoaki Takekawa

HEAT WAVE. A woman holds an umbrella as she walks along a street in Tokyo on July 23, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heat wave. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Why have record Japan rains been so deadly?

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Here are some of the factors that have contributed to the worst rain-related disaster in Japan in over two decades

HEAVY RAIN. This picture shows the Togetsu bridge on the Katsura river in Kyoto during heavy rains in western Japan on July 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Japan's weather agency records as much as 23 centimeters (9.2 inches) of snow in some parts of Tokyo, the biggest snowfall since February 2014

CLEARING SNOW. Residents shovel snow outside their house in the Meguro ward of Tokyo on January 23, 2018, the morning after a heavy snowfall. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Lionrock death toll at 17 as Japan braces for new typhoon

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:00 PM

As Japan reels from Typhoon Lionrock another typhoon – Namtheun – is bearing down on the country s main island of Kyushu

Firefighters search missing victims after Typhoon Lionrock made landfall in Iwaizumi, Iwate prefecture on September 2, 2016.  Surging flood water and mud brought by a devastating typhoon killed nine people in an elderly care home in northern Japan, officials said on August 31, after the third storm in two weeks ripped through the country. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED At least 12 people are missing after being swept away when the levee on the Kinugawa river gave way flooding an area that reports say spanned 32 square kilometers and included 6 500 homes

RESCUE. A local resident is rescued by a helicopter of the Gound Self Defense Force in a flooded area in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on September 10, 2015. AFP Photo/Jiji Press

Typhoon Etau slams into Japanese mainland

Sep 09, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Japan s weather agency says the storm landed in central Aichi prefecture shortly after 10 am local time 0100 GMT

UNDER WATER. Pedestrians wade through flood waters on a road following torrential rains brought on by Typhoon Etau in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan on September 8, 2015. Jiji Press/AFP

#OmpongPH expected out of PAR Saturday evening

Oct 10, 2014 - 11:44 PM

Typhoon Ompong is moving towards the southern islands of Japan with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph

Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland

Jul 10, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Nearly 50 people are injured in the wake of the storm officials and reports say while as many as 5 deaths have been directly or indirectly linked to the typhoon

NEOGURI. Aerial picture taken and provided on 10 July 2014 by the Chubu Regional Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLTI) shows aftermaths of a landslide in Nagiso town, Nagano prefecture, central Japan. Chubu Regional Bureau MLTI/EPA

7 dead, 1,000 injured as heavy snow hits Japan – reports

Feb 09, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Local media said at least seven people have been killed in snow linked accidents – mostly crashes after their cars skidded on icy roads

SNOWSTORM IN TOKYO. Pedestrians walking in the snow are reflected in a kaleidoscope-like mirror in Tokyo, Japan, 08 February 2014. Christopher Jue/EPA

Typhoon Man-yi heads for Japan

Sep 15, 2013 - 1:01 PM

The storm located in Pacific waters south of Japan was packing gusts up to 126 kilometers 78 miles per hour and moving north northwest

MIGHTY MAN-YI. NASA's Terra satellite observed two vortices circling a larger center of newborn Tropical Storm Man-yi on Sept. 13 at 01:15 UTC. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Japan heatwave kills 3, hospitalizes 2,500

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:47 PM

The mercury hit 39 1 Celsius in Yamanashi in the center of Japan on July 9 while dozens of other spots recorded temperatures of 35 Celsius or more

Powerful typhoon kills two, hurts scores in Japan

Oct 01, 2012 - 1:57 PM

Powerful Typhoon Jelawat Philippine codename Lawin hit the Japanese mainland Sunday sparking the evacuation of thousands

NASA's Terra satellite passed over Super Typhoon Jelawat on Sept. 28 at 0238UTC (10:38 p.m. EDT, Sept. 27) and captured this true-color image as the storm approaches Okinawa, Japan. Credit: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team

400,000 told to evacuate in Japan deluge

Jul 14, 2012 - 11:54 AM

Almost a quarter of a million people were ordered to leave their homes in southwest Japan Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for the third day with 20 already dead

Typhoon Guchol hits Japan

Jun 19, 2012 - 6:06 PM

A powerful typhoon bringing heavy rain and strong winds slammed into Japan s Pacific Coast Tuesday June 19 the weather agency said as flights were cancelled and evacuations ordered