• Kyodo


Hundreds of people continue to take shelter following a massive mudslide a week ago in central Japan but rather than typical evacuation accommodations in school gymnasiums, many have been taken in by hotels.

The disaster occurred in the resort city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, less than an hour from Tokyo by bullet train. Local hotel operators have offered to accept those unable to return home due to the mudslide, which claimed at least nine lives, with 20 people still missing.

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