Heavy rain pelts much of Japan


Rain soaked much of Japan on Saturday, triggering warnings of mudslides, floods, lightning and tornadoes from the Meteorological Agency, which said the downpours could continue through Sunday.

The rain suspended service on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Osaka on Saturday morning, causing delays of up to 38 minutes for 33 bullet trains passing through Shizuoka Prefecture.

Parts of southwestern, western and central Japan experienced heavy rainfall, recording 78 mm between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Kumamoto Prefecture, while some areas in Wakayama, Kochi, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures had more than 250 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours leading to Saturday morning.