Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Jun 21, 2016

Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Torrential rain in Kumamoto Prefecture has left six people dead as of Tuesday from mudslides and widespread flooding in the region, authorities reported. The Meteorological Agency said the rainfall in Kyushu is the highest received in several years. Weather authorities also warned of more ...

May 30, 2016

Japanese troops wrap up effort in quake-hit Kumamoto

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced Monday that the Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out of Kumamoto Prefecture, 1½ months after the area was hit by strong earthquakes. Thousands of SDF personnel were sent in to conduct search and rescue activities and to begin rebuilding ...

May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

U.S. disaster expert sees 3/11 weaknesses laid bare in Kyushu

May 17, 2016

U.S. disaster expert sees 3/11 weaknesses laid bare in Kyushu

A former U.S. government expert on emergency management has questioned whether Japan is applying lessons learned the hard way after the 2011 tsunami to its response to the Kyushu quakes. Leo Bosner, 69, who worked for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for 29 ...

May 10, 2016

Home demolitions slow-going in quake-hit Kumamoto amid financial strains

Work to demolish destroyed and heavily damaged homes has been slow in Kumamoto Prefecture since the recent strong earthquakes. With local governments putting priority on reopening schools and operating evacuation facilities, some people affected by the quakes are considering handling demolition work for their ...

May 3, 2016

80% of Kumamoto schools to resume classes Tuesday after quakes

About 80 percent of public schools in Kumamoto Prefecture will have resumed classes by May 10 after their buildings were damaged or used as evacuation centers after last month’s powerful earthquakes, local authorities said Tuesday. Of the 401 elementary, junior high and high schools ...

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

May 2, 2016

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

A traditional garden in Kumamoto landscaped around a spring-fed pond has mostly dried up since earthquakes started rocking Kyushu in April. The park, Suizenji Jojuen, has been closed since April 16, when the first quake that struck Kumamoto caused a large stone gateway to ...