Typhoon Lionrock to be given 'extreme severity' designation: Abe

Sep 14, 2016

Typhoon Lionrock to be given 'extreme severity' designation: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday his Cabinet will designate Typhoon Lionrock as a disaster of extreme severity, allowing affected communities to receive higher subsidies from the central government for reconstruction work. Addressing reporters during a visit to areas of Hokkaido damaged by the ...

Typhoon prompts wind, slide and flood warnings in Nagasaki

Sep 5, 2016

Typhoon prompts wind, slide and flood warnings in Nagasaki

Typhoon Namtheun made landfall in the city of Nagasaki early Monday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to warn of strong winds, heavy rain, mudslides and flooding, especially along river valleys. After making landfall shortly after 1 a.m., the typhoon moved over the northwestern part of ...

More than 1,000 people still stranded in Iwate in typhoon's wake

Sep 1, 2016

More than 1,000 people still stranded in Iwate in typhoon's wake

An estimated 1,100 people remained stranded in eight municipalities in Iwate Prefecture and 17 were still missing late Thursday, two days after Typhoon Lionrock struck the region, killing 11. Police and Self-Defense Forces were rushing to rescue residents in the town of Iwaizumi, where ...

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...

Murder and arson suspected in Morioka blazes

May 18, 2016

Murder and arson suspected in Morioka blazes

Two bodies were found in a home in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, where a fire broke out on Wednesday morning, the police said. They believe one of the individuals was murdered. Two other fires broke out in the area, including at a house where a ...

Mar 18, 2016

Visa fee waiver extended for disaster-zone tourists

The Foreign Ministry on Friday extended its visa fee waiver for tourists who visit Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures for five more years to help the region damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami recover. The ministry, which decided in 2011 to exempt ...