Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

Sep 20, 2016

Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

A powerful typhoon ripped into south and then central Japan on Tuesday, dumping torrential rain and causing widespread disruption with two people missing, one unconscious and more than 30 injured. Typhoon Malakas made landfall in Kyushu shortly after midnight and was headed east toward ...

Water-logged Tohoku braces  for next typhoon

Sep 4, 2016

Water-logged Tohoku braces for next typhoon

The storm-battered town of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture told all 9,947 residents to evacuate Sunday ahead of Typhoon Namtheum, which is expected to hit the area Tuesday. The Self-Defense Forces used helicopters to help residents get to shelters as officials made efforts to prevent ...

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Jul 22, 2016

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Reservations for summer trips to Kyushu are growing rapidly as tour agencies and hotels offer large discounts backed by government subsidies aimed at helping the quake-damaged island recover. A website that started selling discount tickets Wednesday for hotels in Kumamoto Prefecture received so much ...

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Jun 29, 2016

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Two people are in comas following heavy rain in Kyushu on Tuesday and Wednesday, which triggered landslides in Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures. According to the Meteorological Agency, 61.5 mm of rain per hour was reported in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday morning, following 263 ...

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

May 14, 2016

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

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Despite my short stature, I have to bend nearly in half to enter the underground chamber of reconstructed fifth-century tomb in the Kumamoto Prefecture Decorative Tumulus Museum. The entire tomb is modeled after an actual mound in the nearby city of Yamaga, and inside ...

Apr 18, 2016

The Kumamoto quakes

The Kumamoto quakes underline the need to be prepared for natural disasters, which can strike at any time and anywhere in this quake-prone country.