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May 14, 2018

Mount Shinmoe belches smoke over Kyushu in latest eruption

Mount Shinmoe erupted again Monday, prompting ash and falling-rock warnings in nearby areas. The 1,421-meter volcano straddling Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in Kyushu erupted at around 2:45 p.m., sending smoke 3,300 meters into the atmosphere, the Meteorological Agency said. The volcano last erupted on April ...

The top domestic news stories of 2017

Dec 26, 2017

The top domestic news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected the following domestic news stories as the most important of 2017. Blast threat: An intermediate-range ballistic missile test is conducted by North Korea on May 14. | KNS / VIA KYODO 1. The tension builds: North Korea launched a spate of ...

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu  disaster sites in October

Aug 17, 2017

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu disaster sites in October

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are planning to visit in late October the Kyushu region, which had recently been battered by torrential rain, to offer encouragement to residents recovering from the disaster, sources affiliated with the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. They are also considering ...

Two people die as weakening Typhoon Noru heads toward Shikoku

Aug 6, 2017

Two people die as weakening Typhoon Noru heads toward Shikoku

A slow-moving but weakening Typhoon Noru, at one point the strongest storm in the world this year, approached Japan's main islands on Sunday, leaving two people dead and prompting evacuation advisories to be issued for hundreds of thousands of people. The typhoon may make landfall ...

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

Jul 30, 2017

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

The storms in Kyushu earlier this month not only ruined homes and roads but also dealt a blow to traditional businesses, including makers of liquor and pottery. Communities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures worry the devastation could make it even harder for aging owners of ...