Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

Dec 16, 2014

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

The Meteorological Agency forecast heavy snow and strong winds nationwide from Tuesday to Wednesday and warned of avalanches, stormy conditions and high waves, as well as disruptions to transport systems. The agency’s Sapporo branch, in particular, on Monday called for readiness in Hokkaido, which ...

Vongfong, supertyphoon rivaling Haiyan, roaring toward Japan

Oct 9, 2014

Vongfong, supertyphoon rivaling Haiyan, roaring toward Japan

A supertyphoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through ...

Sep 30, 2014

The Mount Ontake eruption

The weekend eruption of Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, is a reminder of how violent Japan can be when it comes to volcanoes.

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 ...

Aug 7, 2014

Powerful typhoon approaching Daitojima isles

Powerful Typhoon No. 11 as of Thursday morning was moving north in the Pacific east of Okinawa, poised to bring the Daitojima islands under a storm area and threatening to reach western Japan over the weekend. The Meteorological Agency said the typhoon was moving ...

Aug 6, 2014

Moderate quake jolts parts of Kyoto, Osaka

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 shook parts of Kyoto and Osaka prefectures early Wednesday morning. The 1:17 a.m. quake originated in southern Kyoto Prefecture at a depth of around 10 km, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert has been issued. ...

Ten people die, 1,400 rushed to hospital amid heat wave

Jul 27, 2014

Ten people die, 1,400 rushed to hospital amid heat wave

Ten people died and around 1,400 people were taken by ambulance to hospitals nationwide due to heatstroke or heat exhaustion, a tally showed Saturday, as temperatures soared across much of Japan. The rising mercury prompted the Meteorological Agency to issue heat wave advisories for ...

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 ...

Jul 13, 2014

Abnormally long rainy season ends in Amami

The rainy season has ended in the Amami region off Kyushu, the Meteoroligical Agency said Sunday. Although the season ended in nearby Okinawa on June 26, the annual phenomenon continues in most other parts of Japan. In the Amami islands, part of Kagoshima Prefecture, ...

Jun 8, 2014

Magnitude-5.2 earthquake jolts Tohoku

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted northeastern parts of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency reported. The quake struck at 2:24 p.m. at a depth of around 70 km on the southern coast of Iwate Prefecture, the agency said. In ...

Feb 23, 2014

Preparing for heavy snowfalls

Recent heavy snowfalls from the Kanto-Koshin region to Hokkaido show the vulnerability of areas in Japan that up to now have experienced little damage from snowstorms.