Jul 11, 2014

Hokkaido braces for rain as typhoon exits Tokyo area

The powerful typhoon rolling across Japan crossed the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture Friday morning and is expected to head to the Pacific Ocean and turn into an extratropical cyclone off the Sanriku coast in northeast Honshu by the evening. The Meteorological Agency warned ...

Typhoon leaves seven dead as it heads toward Tokyo

Jul 10, 2014

Typhoon leaves seven dead as it heads toward Tokyo

A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Thursday, ripping up trees, causing widespread flooding and sending mudslides plowing into houses. At least seven people were reported dead and nearly 50 injured. Tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter as Japan’s eighth typhoon ...

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

Jul 10, 2014

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

A second trekking route to the summit of Mt. Fuji opened on Thursday, allowing hikers to begin the climb from Shizuoka Prefecture. But heavy snow near the top meant the upper reaches of two other routes from the prefecture remain closed. Local officials marked ...

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Jul 10, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Kyushu

Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Kyushu early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. “It landed near the city of Akune shortly before 7 a.m.,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said. ...

Typhoon Neoguri heads for Kyushu, death toll hits four

Jul 9, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri heads for Kyushu, death toll hits four

Extreme winds and torrential rains battered the Okinawan islands and other parts of Japan on Wednesday, leaving at least four dead and threatening widespread flooding as typhoon Neoguri headed for Kyushu. The effects of the powerful storm were widespread, and included a mudslide in ...

Jul 9, 2014

Powerful typhoon passes over Okinawa, disrupting transportation

A powerful typhoon passed over Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights and ferry services in the area. Typhoon Neoguri, the season’s eighth typhoon, is now forecast to head northward over the East China Sea, approaching the main island of Kyushu ...

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

Jul 8, 2014

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

One man died, more than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled as a strong typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to Okinawa and could bring heavy rains to Tokyo later this week. Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its ...

Jul 7, 2014

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday and may trigger heavy rain, but is too far off to hit land, officials said. Typhoon Neoguri was blowing with sustained winds of 185 kph (115 mph) with gusts ...

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

Apr 25, 2014

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

A scenic hiking trail in the Osugidani Valley of Mie Prefecture reopened Friday morning, nearly a decade after it was severely damaged by a powerful typhoon that hit the area in September 2004. The 14.1-km trail reopened along with the start of the hiking ...

Dec 25, 2013

NGO vows to keeping giving medical assistance to typhoon-hit Philippines

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, a Japan-based nongovernmental organization, has concluded its medical assistance activities for this year in the typhoon-hit Philippines but pledged to return. In the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban in Leyte province, AMDA President Shigeru Suganami said that continued ...

Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000

Nov 22, 2013

Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said 4,919 people were killed on Leyte, ...

Philippines typhoon ripped bodies from graves

Nov 19, 2013

Philippines typhoon ripped bodies from graves

Skulls lie on tombstones and a hand reaches out from a grave at a cemetery in the eastern Philippines after a typhoon so powerful it pulled the dead from the earth. Shell-shocked survivors speak of how there was nowhere to hide when the storm ...