How Japan's devastating rainstorm came about

National Sep 10, 2015

How Japan's devastating rainstorm came about

by Tomoko Otake

Torrential rain that caused flooding and the evacuations of tens of thousands of people across the Kanto region on Thursday was the result of a mass of humid air unable to escape the area, a pileup of thunderclouds — and possibly climate change, experts ...

National Aug 17, 2015

Heavy rain warning issued for wide areas of Japan

The Meteorological Agency warned Monday of heavy rain in eastern and western Japan through Tuesday, calling for caution against possible flooding. On Monday, hourly rainfall reached 76.0 mm in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, and 58.0 mm in Aisai, Aichi Prefecture. The Hiroshima Municipal Government issued an evacuation ...

Editorials Aug 22, 2014

Improving disaster preparedness

Japan's municipal authorities must examine why their collective past experience with torrential rains failed to prevent the deaths of dozens of people in mudslides that engulfed hilly residential areas of Hiroshima early Wednesday.

Search for missing in Hiroshima mudslide continues, as victims mourned

National Aug 21, 2014

Search for missing in Hiroshima mudslide continues, as victims mourned

Police, firefighters and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel continued searching for survivors Thursday after heavy rain triggered mudslides in the city of Hiroshima. The death toll had risen to 39 with 51 people missing by Thursday evening, according to the prefectural police. Families of the victims and ...

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

National Aug 18, 2014

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend. A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted to ...

National Sep 5, 2013

Heavy rain hits wide areas, causes flooding in Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture suffered from flooding Thursday after heavy rain hit Kanto-Koshin and Tokai regions, disrupting train services and leaving a widespread area with unstable atmospheric conditions. The Meteorological Agency issued warnings for landslides, flooding and thunderstorms with strong gusts or tornadoes in Hokkaido and eastern ...

More twisters touch down in Kanto

National Sep 4, 2013

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Unstable atmospheric conditions extending across the country, including from the first typhoon to directly hit Kyushu in six years, spawned destructive tornados in the Kanto region Wednesday, two days after a twister wreaked havoc in Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. Typhoon Toraji made landfall in ...

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

National Aug 24, 2013

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

Torrential rain damaged railroad lines and left one man missing in Shimane Prefecture on Saturday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to urge residents to evacuate and "take immediate action to protect life." Jugoro Takahashi, 86, disappeared in western town of Onan after going to inspect his ...

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

National Aug 1, 2013

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

A 61-year-old man died when his home on the Sea of Japan coast collapsed in a mudslide as heavy rain hit many parts of the nation Thursday. According to police, Masatoshi Adachi's home in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, was knocked down by mud sliding off the ...