Aug 22, 2014

Improving disaster preparedness

Japan's municipal authorities must examine why their collective past experience with torrential rains failed to prevent the deaths of dozens of people in mudslides that engulfed hilly residential areas of Hiroshima early Wednesday.

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

Aug 18, 2014

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend. A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted ...

Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

Oct 20, 2013

Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

A heavy rain warning was issued for the Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday, after residents were earlier advised to take shelter amid fears of another landslide disaster following last week’s powerful typhoon. As of Sunday evening, the 27th typhoon of the year was barreling north ...

Typhoon Man-yi heads for Chubu

Sep 15, 2013

Typhoon Man-yi heads for Chubu

Typhoon Man-yi advances toward central Japan as weather officials warn of flooding, heavy rain and strong winds from the season's 18th storm.

Sep 5, 2013

Heavy rain hits wide areas, causes flooding in Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture suffered from flooding Thursday after heavy rain hit Kanto-Koshin and Tokai regions, disrupting train services and leaving a widespread area with unstable atmospheric conditions. The Meteorological Agency issued warnings for landslides, flooding and thunderstorms with strong gusts or tornadoes in Hokkaido and ...

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Sep 4, 2013

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Unstable atmospheric conditions extending across the country, including from the first typhoon to directly hit Kyushu in six years, spawned destructive tornados in the Kanto region Wednesday, two days after a twister wreaked havoc in Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. Typhoon Toraji made landfall ...

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

Aug 24, 2013

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

Torrential rain damaged railroad lines and left one man missing in Shimane Prefecture on Saturday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to urge residents to evacuate and “take immediate action to protect life.” Jugoro Takahashi, 86, disappeared in western town of Onan after going to inspect ...

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

Aug 1, 2013

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

A 61-year-old man died when his home on the Sea of Japan coast collapsed in a mudslide as heavy rain hit many parts of the nation Thursday. According to police, Masatoshi Adachi’s home in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, was knocked down by mud sliding off ...

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Jul 28, 2013

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Parts of western Japan were deluged by rain early Sunday, triggering mudslides and floods that left at least two people missing in Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. The storm prompted the weather agency to warn that “some areas are seeing unprecedentedly heavy rains” and to ...