Jul 7, 2015

MSDF, Coast Guard to hold 'gray zone' drill off Izu Oshima

The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are planning their first joint drill for a "gray zone" incident that would stop short of a military attack on Japan, according to a government source. The drill will be held "soon" near Izu Oshima Island, ...

First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Oct 16, 2014

First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Officials and residents of an island south of Tokyo gathered Thursday to mourn the victims of mud slides that left 39 residents dead and missing a year ago. Typhoon Wipha hit Izu-Oshima Island on Oct. 16, 2013, triggering flash floods that ripped through town suburbs. ...

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Oct 27, 2013

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday and said it will be put on the fast track for designation as an area hit by a "disaster of extreme severity." The designation would allow communities on the island about 120 km south of ...

Oct 20, 2013

Improving disaster responses

Although it was known early on that a powerful typhoon would strike Tokyo's Izu-Oshima Island, disaster plans stalled and the storm left 49 people dead or missing.

| Oct 17, 2013

Despite deluge, no evacuation alert on island

Despite the Meteorological Agency's alerts for an "extraordinary situation" anticipated from powerful Typhoon Wipha, no evacuation advisory was issued on Izu-Oshima, a small island south of Tokyo in the Pacific, where at least 22 people were killed and dozens remain missing. The failure to get ...