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 ...

/ Jul 22, 2017

Fire ants turn up in Kyushu for first time

Dozens of fire ants have been found at Hakata port in Fukuoka Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said, marking the invasive species' first appearance in Kyushu. The stinging ants, native to South America, were first discovered in Japan in May, when they were spotted at a ...

No major damage after magnitude 5.3 quake hits Kagoshima Bay

Jul 11, 2017

No major damage after magnitude 5.3 quake hits Kagoshima Bay

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit Kagoshima Bay on Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency said, with no major damage reported. The 11:56 a.m. temblor, originating at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, registered upper 5 on the seven-level Japanese seismic scale ...

Typhoon Nanmadol approaches Kanto bringing heavy rains, wind

Jul 4, 2017

Typhoon Nanmadol approaches Kanto bringing heavy rains, wind

Typhoon Nanmadol moved eastward along the Pacific coast of Honshu on Tuesday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to a wide area, the Meteorological Agency said. Earlier in the morning, the season's third typhoon made landfall in Nagasaki Prefecture, causing blackouts and traffic disruptions. As ...