Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

Feb 18, 2014

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

The government is considering legal steps to allow officials to remove abandoned cars from roads to make way for emergency vehicles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Trucks and cars stranded by the heavy snowfalls over the weekend are blocking the way for snowplows, ...

Feb 18, 2014

Toyota restarts work at four plants

Operations resumed Tuesday at four Toyota Motor Corp. plants in central Japan that were shut the previous day when parts deliveries were disrupted due to heavy snowfall last weekend. Meanwhile, other automakers’ plants remain idled. Toyota reopened its Takaoka, Motomachi, Tahara and Tsutsumi plants ...

Feb 17, 2014

Train crash blamed on faulty brakes

A commuter train that rammed a stationary train early Saturday in Kawasaki failed to slow even after the emergency brakes were applied, an investigation has shown. Railway Tokyu Corp. believes the heavy snow that hit the Tokyo area that day may have weakened the ...

Feb 17, 2014

Suzuki stops operations due to snow

Suzuki Motor Corp. has suspended operations at three plants in Shizuoka Prefecture as auto parts have not been delivered to them due to heavy snowfall over the weekend, Suzuki officials said Monday. Operations have been suspended since Saturday night at the Kosai plant in ...

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

Feb 16, 2014

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

The Meteorological Agency on Sunday urged the public to remain vigilant as a low-pressure system that dumped record snowfall on eastern Japan moved up the northeast coastline. Heavy snow has caused at least 15 deaths since Friday in seven prefectures: Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Nagano, ...

Feb 14, 2014

Power demand spikes amid snow

Power demand in eastern and western Japan hit their winter peaks on Friday morning as demand for heating spiked amid the snowy weather, utilities said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said demand in its area peaked at 48.8 million kilowatts, or 93 percent of its ...

Worst blizzard in 45 years claims 11; 1,200 hurt

Feb 9, 2014

Worst blizzard in 45 years claims 11; 1,200 hurt

Saturday’s blizzard, the worst to hit the Tokyo area in almost half a century, is being blamed for 11 deaths nationwide and more than 1,200 people being injured as accumulations continued to disrupt transportation on Sunday. The heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan halted ...

Five dead, more than 600 injured as heavy snow hits Japan

Feb 8, 2014

Five dead, more than 600 injured as heavy snow hits Japan

Heavy snow and severe weather struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving five dead and more than 600 injured, reports said. More than 740 flights were grounded as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for the capital, while more ...