Lawmaker who piggybacked over puddle in hot water again

/ Mar 9, 2017

Lawmaker who piggybacked over puddle in hot water again

A parliamentary vice minister ridiculed last year for being carried over a puddle in a typhoon-hit area is under fire again after joking about the gaffe, prompting condemnation from both sides of the aisle on Thursday. Shunsuke Mutai, parliamentary vice Cabinet Office minister, was ...

Sep 21, 2016

Typhoon rain raises tainted Fukushima plant groundwater to surface

Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Malakas caused contaminated groundwater to rise to ground level at the radiation-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Tuesday night, raising fears of tainted water flooding out to the plant’s port area, its operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings ...

Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

Sep 20, 2016

Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

A powerful typhoon ripped into south and then central Japan on Tuesday, dumping torrential rain and causing widespread disruption with two people missing, one unconscious and more than 30 injured. Typhoon Malakas made landfall in Kyushu shortly after midnight and was headed east toward ...

Water-logged Tohoku braces  for next typhoon

Sep 4, 2016

Water-logged Tohoku braces for next typhoon

The storm-battered town of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture told all 9,947 residents to evacuate Sunday ahead of Typhoon Namtheum, which is expected to hit the area Tuesday. The Self-Defense Forces used helicopters to help residents get to shelters as officials made efforts to prevent ...

Philippine storm weakens after killing at least nine

Oct 19, 2015

Philippine storm weakens after killing at least nine

A typhoon swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and floodwaters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. Officials fear the death toll may rise after ...