Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Jul 23, 2014

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Temperatures soared across the country on Wednesday with highs for this summer recorded in many areas, the weather agency said. The Meteorological Agency issued heat wave advisories in more than 16 prefectures, warning of dehydration and encouraging the use of air conditioning. Several hundred ...

Jun 1, 2014

Heat wave kills two, sends hundreds to hospitals

At least two people died and hundreds were taken to hospitals over the weekend as a heat wave swept over Japan, officials and reports said Sunday. A 74-year-old woman collapsed while working in a greenhouse in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday and was later pronounced ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

Sep 2, 2013

Summer heat killed 87 in 2013

Record-high temperatures this summer caused at least 87 deaths from heat-related maladies and record-breaking downpours that triggered landslides across the country. According to the Meteorological Agency, temperatures from Kyushu to the Kanto-Koshin region began climbing between July 6 and 8, when the rainy season ...

Aug 17, 2013

Window film allows better heat control

Scientists have created a window coating that can be switched electrically to regulate the amount of heat and light that enters a building. A team of molecular and material scientists from the United States and Spain created a transparent film using nanocrystals — microscopic ...

Extreme heat waves likely to be the new normal

Aug 15, 2013

Extreme heat waves likely to be the new normal

Climate change will trigger harsher and more frequent heat waves in the next 30 years regardless of the amount of Earth-warming carbon dioxide we emit, a study said Thursday. But targets adopted today for curbing greenhouse gas emissions will determine whether the pattern stabilizes ...

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

Aug 14, 2013

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

by Tomohiro Osaki

The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday became Japan’s hottest city with a record-setting temperature of 41.0 degrees, is now rushing to capitalize on its new title with a string of unique projects. The mercury hit the all-time high of 41.0 in ...

Heat wave continues to bake nation

Aug 13, 2013

Heat wave continues to bake nation

The severe heat wave continued Tuesday to engulf wide areas of Japan, with temperatures in one western city reaching 40 degrees for the fourth day in a row, the Meteorological Agency said. The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday logged the country’s ...

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

Aug 10, 2013

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

A severe heat wave struck the Japanese archipelago Saturday, topping the 40-degree mark for the first time in six years and nearing 41 degrees in western regions, the Meteorological Agency reported. The city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture recorded the day’s highest temperature, at ...

Heat wave marks end of rainy season in Tokyo

Jul 6, 2013

Heat wave marks end of rainy season in Tokyo

A heat wave enveloped much of Japan on Saturday, sending temperatures soaring beyond 30 degrees in more than 300 places nationwide, the Meteorological Agency reported. The agency also said the rainy season in the Kanto-Koshin region, which includes the Tokyo metropolitan area, is believed ...