National Jan 1, 2015

Heavy snow blankets wide area of Japan

Heavy snow fell on Thursday across a wide area of Japan's main island of Honshu, as a low pressure system triggered snow and cold temperatures particularly along the Sea of Japan coast. The Japan Meteorological Agency called for caution, warning that heavy snow could continue ...

Editorials Feb 23, 2014

Preparing for heavy snowfalls

Recent heavy snowfalls from the Kanto-Koshin region to Hokkaido show the vulnerability of areas in Japan that up to now have experienced little damage from snowstorms.

Business / Corporate Feb 18, 2014

Toyota restarts work at four plants

Operations resumed Tuesday at four Toyota Motor Corp. plants in central Japan that were shut the previous day when parts deliveries were disrupted due to heavy snowfall last weekend. Meanwhile, other automakers' plants remain idled. Toyota reopened its Takaoka, Motomachi, Tahara and Tsutsumi plants in ...

National Feb 17, 2014

Train crash blamed on faulty brakes

A commuter train that rammed a stationary train early Saturday in Kawasaki failed to slow even after the emergency brakes were applied, an investigation has shown. Railway Tokyu Corp. believes the heavy snow that hit the Tokyo area that day may have weakened the brakes ...

Business Feb 17, 2014

Suzuki stops operations due to snow

Suzuki Motor Corp. has suspended operations at three plants in Shizuoka Prefecture as auto parts have not been delivered to them due to heavy snowfall over the weekend, Suzuki officials said Monday. Operations have been suspended since Saturday night at the Kosai plant in the ...