Jun 16, 2015

Tornado unconfirmed after powerful gust causes damage, injury in Gunma

The Meteorological Agency will thoroughly investigate Monday’s sudden wind torrent that blazed through Gunma Prefecture, blowing away roofs of houses and shattering windows. Damage has been reported in Gunma cities including Isezaki and Maebashi. In Isezaki, at least two people in a car were ...

Strong offshore quake rocks Tohoku

May 13, 2015

Strong offshore quake rocks Tohoku

A strong earthquake of upper 5 on the Japanese seismic scale hit Iwate Prefecture and surrounding areas at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The focus of the quake, estimated at magnitude 6.6, was in the Pacific ...

Mar 31, 2015

New plan aims to halve Tokyo quake deaths, damage

The government said Tuesday the estimated death toll from a predicted major earthquake directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area could be halved from 23,000 if authorities adopt a new 10-year risk management plan. Officials said they also aim to reduce by 50 percent the ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Mar 12, 2015

Seven Bank unveils mobile ATM use after disasters

Seven Bank has unveiled a mobile automated teller machine that enables people to withdraw or deposit money in the event regular ATMs are rendered useless in a disaster. The mobile ATM is loaded on a vehicle that has been converted from a small truck. ...

Typhoon Vongfong sweeps Japan, leaving 2 dead, 91 injured

Oct 14, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong sweeps Japan, leaving 2 dead, 91 injured

The large typhoon that swept through the Japanese archipelago this weekend lessened in intensity Tuesday morning as it veered out to sea, leaving at least two people dead and 91 injured. Typhoon Vongfong made landfall twice in Japan on Monday — in Kagoshima Prefecture ...