NEWSWORTHY

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

National Feb 11, 2019

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. The nation's sakura (cherry blossom) season is feverishly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Many tourists plan their entire trips ...

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

National Oct 4, 2018

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

by Magdalena Osumi

Brace yourself, a strong quake is coming. This dramatic emergency message sent to smartphones and loudspeakers caused a brief panic after midnight Wednesday in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures, with many taking to social media to express their confusion over whether or not to get ready ...

Osaka earthquake: Useful links and resources

National Jun 18, 2018

Osaka earthquake: Useful links and resources

Here is a collection of links in English and Japanese that might prove useful in dealing with the earthquake that struck the Osaka region Monday morning: Government agencies Japan Meteorological Agency Disaster preparedness Railways and subways JR West Osaka Metro Power and gas companies Kansai Electric Tourist emergencies ...