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Snow falls over the Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo on Monday evening.
Feb 6, 2024
Heavy snow in Tokyo area impacts morning commute, injures 120
Some train lines in the Tokyo area were suspended as of Tuesday morning, with many others facing delays.
Snow falls outside Sensoji Temple in Tokyo on Monday.
Feb 5, 2024
Heavy snow falls in Tokyo and wider region, impacting transport networks
While the snowfall may peak overnight, those commuting on Tuesday morning are likely to encounter icy roads and impacts on trains or roadways.
The summit of Mount Fuji in October. An eruption of the volcano could bring immediate, immeasurable damage to parts of Japan.
Jan 14, 2024
Avoiding a catastrophe if Mount Fuji erupts after major quake
Drills have shown that such a double disaster could prove catastrophic for parts of Japan.
A book of letters from Japanese students thanking the United States for its support after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake
JAPAN / History
Jan 2, 2024
Student letters from 1923 quake preserved by kin of U.S. president
The letters were written in English by students from disaster-affected areas and elsewhere in Japan.
A story on the front page of The Japan Times on Jan. 4, 1924, focuses on a Tokyo attempting to recover from the Great Kanto Earthquake.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Jan 1, 2024
The Japan Times 1924: Tokyo greets 1924 in hope of better things
After a year in which the capital and its surroundings experienced a catastrophic earthquake, an article highlights the resolve of the people.
Tokyo is the only prefecture whose population is projected to grow from 2020 to 2050, increasing 2.5% to 14.40 million.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 24, 2023
Only Tokyo is expected to see population growth in Japan
Eleven prefectures will each see their population shrink by over 30% amid a falling birthrate.
The front page of The Japan Times on Christmas Eve in 1948 carries news of high-profile executions.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Dec 1, 2023
1948: Tojo and six others hanged
December reports focus on some major events from Japan's past: the 1923 earthquake, World War II and the 1970s oil shock.
The front page of The Japan Times from Nov. 13, 1948, heralds the verdicts given to Japan's war criminals.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Nov 3, 2023
Japan Times 1948: Tojo and 6 others are sentenced to hang
As sentences are handed down in 1948, two other eras deal with fallout from an earthquake and an oil shock.
American disability rights activist Helen Keller paid a visit to Japan 75 years ago this month.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Oct 2, 2023
Japan Times 1948: Helen Keller recounts impression of Japan tour
Kanto residents continued to come to terms with the violence following the previous month's earthquake, and Helen Keller pays a visit to Japan.
Members of the Noe Ito Centennial Project, launched by volunteers in their hometown of Fukuoka, on Aug. 23
JAPAN / History
Sep 11, 2023
Life of anarchist-feminist revisited 100 years after her murder
Noe Ito raised her voice for oppressed women of the time throughout her often turbulent life.
Commuters walk through the rain near Tokyo Station on Friday morning.
Sep 8, 2023
Tropical Storm Yun-yeung brings heavy rain to Kanto region
The storm prompted evacuation orders in some areas amid record-breaking rain.
Sept. 7, 1998
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Sep 4, 2023
Japan Times 1923: Foreigners leave; destroyers are here
When a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Kanto on Sept. 1 a century ago, The Japan Times resorted to daily bulletins before returning to normal on the 17th.
A schoolgirl wears a padded hood for protection from falling debris during an earthquake simulation exercise at an elementary school in Tokyo. The government estimates a 70% chance of a magnitude 7 event striking directly underneath the capital in the next 30 years.
Sep 4, 2023
Tokyo has lived on the brink of the ‘Big One’ — for a century
The Great Kanto Earthquake demolished the nascent Japanese capital, killing more than 100,000 people — some 3% of the city’s population at the time.
People offer prayers at a memorial hall in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on Friday, the centenary of the Great Kanto Earthquake.
JAPAN / History
Sep 1, 2023
Japan marks centenary of Great Kanto Earthquake disaster
Ceremonies were held across the country to honor those who lost their lives in the magnitude-7.9 temblor and ensuing fire.
Director Tatsuya Mori (center) conducts a pre-shoot check for the movie "September 1923" at Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, in September 2022.
JAPAN / History
Sep 1, 2023
Efforts ongoing to document 1923 Kanto quake's Korean massacre
In the aftermath of the quake, many Korean residents were massacred over false rumors that they were causing riots or poisoning wells.
A child stands in front of the Hibiya Music Hall, which collapsed during the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 31, 2023
The earthquake that turned Tokyo to ash
This week we commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake.
Items from the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake are on display at the memorial museum in Yokoamicho Park in Tokyo. Here, a warped clock is frozen minutes after the quake struck at 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1923.
JAPAN / History / Longform
Aug 31, 2023
The Great Kanto Earthquake: A wall of fire, a picture of hell
On Sept. 1, 1923, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Kanagawa Prefecture. It came to be defined by fire and vigilantism.
A fire breaks out in the Yurakucho area of Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake in September 1923.
Aug 31, 2023
Century since Kanto quake, expert warns of 'blind faith' in disaster resilience
For many, grasping the potential devastation of a future major quake remains as elusive as it was 100 years ago.
In its quake damage estimates updated last year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government expects that 4.53 million people will be unable to return home in the aftermath of a massive quake hitting the capital.
Aug 31, 2023
Over-concentration in Tokyo raising risks from possible quake
The government estimate that up to 23,000 people would be killed if a massive quake hits the capital.
A married couple (Arata Iura, left, and Rena Tanaka) returning to their home village from a posting in occupied Korea become witnesses to a bloodbath in Tatsuya Mori’s historical drama, “September 1923.”
Aug 31, 2023
‘September 1923’ stylizes an oft-overlooked brutality
Tatsuya Mori’s drama is an important act of historical reclamation, but it’s practically indigestible.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves