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 16, 2014

No electricity-saving targets this summer

The government said Friday it won’t set numerical power-saving targets this summer even though concerns about shortages linger, especially among suppliers in the west and southwest. It is the second consecutive year that the government has refrained from imposing numerical targets to stave off ...

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 ...