Aug 15, 2017

Kyushu braces for floods, slides as hourly downpours top 100 mm

Torrential rain exceeding 100 mm per hour hit Kyushu early Tuesday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue warnings for landslides and floods, NHK reported Tuesday. According to the agency, heavy rain was reported in the city of Yatsushiro and the town of Hikawa in ...

Kumamoto touts its own timber for quake reconstruction

May 2, 2017

Kumamoto touts its own timber for quake reconstruction

Local companies and municipal governments in Kumamoto Prefecture are accelerating moves to use locally produced wood to rebuild the houses and other facilities destroyed in last year's massive earthquakes. Forests cover some 60 percent of Kumamoto, making the prefecture the fourth-largest wood producer among the ...