Tag - typhoons



Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors after a landslide swept through a residential area in Asaminami Ward, in the city of Hiroshima, in August 2014. Despite the nation’s numerous natural disasters, the government needs better contingency planning.
Mar 28, 2024
Is Japan ready for the worst-case scenario?
Is the nation ready for massive disasters? Based on my studies of Japan’s crisis management system, I say “no” and unfortunately not.
A man holding a child crosses a damaged bridge after Typhoon Doksuri, in Zhuozhou, China, on Aug. 7.
BUSINESS / Markets
Dec 12, 2023
Storm assault on Chinese ports a wake-up call for climate risks
Typhoon Doksuri delivered Beijing's worst flooding in more than 50 years, shuttering factories, collapsing homes and displacing tens of thousands.
A collapsed road near the Saji River in Tottori Prefecture after Typhoon Lan hit the region in August
Sep 25, 2023
Japan to introduce new system for sharing disaster information
The digitalized system is expected to facilitate smoother communication and swift rescue and recovery efforts.
Flooding from heavy rains is seen in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, on Friday.
Sep 9, 2023
Record rain in parts of Japan after tropical storm
Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, recorded 392 millimeters of rain overnight into Saturday — the largest amount to hit the city in a 24-hour span since 1976.
Commuters walk through the rain near Tokyo Station on Friday morning.
Sep 8, 2023
Tropical Storm Yun-yeung brings heavy rain to Kanto region
The storm prompted evacuation orders in some areas amid record-breaking rain.
A Meteorological Agency map shows the forecast track for Tropical Storm Yun-yeung as of Thursday afternoon.
Sep 7, 2023
Tropical storm set to bring heavy rain to wide areas of Japan
Railway operators announced that service delays and suspensions could occur depending on the storm’s path and impacts.
Huge waves pummel the city of Yilan as Typhoon Haikui makes landfall in eastern Taiwan on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Sep 3, 2023
Typhoon Haikui makes landfall in Taiwan
Authorities said they had evacuated more than 2,800 people across seven cities — the majority of them from the mountainous county of Hualien.
People walk past a damaged wall at the West Kowloon Regional Police Headquarters following Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Sep 2, 2023
Typhoon Saola weakens but still a threat in southern China
Saola had triggered Hong Kong's highest threat level on Friday evening — issued only 16 times since World War II.
A Philippine man evacuates with his cow as Typhoon Saola brushes past the city of Ilagan, north of Manila, on Sunday.
Aug 27, 2023
Hundreds flee floods as super typhoon brushes past Philippines
Residents of coastal communities vulnerable to high winds and large waves were moved to higher ground on Isabela province's Pacific coast.
The port in Ensenada as Tropical Storm Hilary hits Baja California state, Mexico, on Sunday.
WORLD / Society
Aug 21, 2023
Storm Hilary puts California at risk of catastrophic flooding
A state of emergency was declared for much of Southern California, with flash flood warnings throughout a region more accustomed to drought.
Residents clean up debris in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2019.
ENVIRONMENT / Earth science
Aug 20, 2023
A Japan research team dares to ask: Can typhoons be controlled?
Researchers in Yokohama are probing whether tropical cyclones can be weakened or diverted, with energy they produce also tapped to generate power.
Shin-Osaka Station is crowded with travelers as services resume on Thursday morning.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 17, 2023
Shinkansen lines resume, but travelers may still face long delays
Central Japan Railway is urging people to refrain from using the train service until stations become less crowded.
Travelers wait for the resumption of shinkansen services at Tokyo Station on Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2023
Scores injured as Typhoon Lan passes through Japan
At least 64 people in eight prefectures in central to western Japan were reported to have sustained injuries, and 34 houses were damaged by the storm.
Electric signs are turned off at Nagoya Station on Tuesday amid the suspension of shinkansen services between Nagoya and Okayama stations.
Aug 15, 2023
Typhoon Lan brings damage and power outages to western Kansai
In the wake of the storm, the city of Tottori released water from the Saji River Dam late afternoon Tuesday due to fears that the dam would overflow.
Officials of the Meteorological Agency ask people to be vigilant about Typhoon Lan, during a news conference at the agency in Tokyo on Sunday.
Aug 14, 2023
Japan braces for another typhoon as trains and flights canceled
Typhoon Lan is poised to make landfall in central Japan on Tuesday, with the storm set to bring a month’s worth of rain in just a few days.
Passengers queue to board a shinkansen bullet train at Tokyo Station in Tokyo on Friday.
Aug 13, 2023
Typhoon Lan set to crash Japan holiday week
Typhoon Lan is expected to make landfall Tuesday in central Japan, with warnings of heavy rain and flooding during the annual Bon summer holidays.
Heavy rain and strong wind hit the city of Fukuoka on Thursday as Tropical Storm Khanun approached the Kyushu region.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 10, 2023
Strong storms likely to affect Bon holiday plans
Plans to travel or meet with friends or family may need a rethink as strong storms approach Japan.
The streets of Kagoshima city on Wednesday amid strong winds from Typhoon Khanun.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 9, 2023
Japan prefectures drift away from posting disaster warnings on X
A growing number of prefectures have stopped posting disaster warnings on the platform due to limits on the number of free posts allowed.
The city of Kagoshima is hit by wind and torrential rain on Wednesday.
Aug 9, 2023
Tropical Storm Khanun lashes southern Japan as second storm nears
As Khanun pounds the south, Tropical Storm Lan may threaten Tokyo just as thousands prepare to travel during a peak holiday season.
People pray at the Peace Park in Nagasaki on Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city.
Aug 9, 2023
Nagasaki urges break from nuclear deterrence at reduced A-bomb ceremony
The ceremony was the first held inside rather than at the city's Peace Park since 1963, and the first not attended by a Japanese leader since 1999.


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