Three feared dead after landslide as torrential rains hit Japan

Torrential rains lashed much of Japan on Sunday (15 August), submerging roads and buildings in the western part of the country, while three people were feared dead after a landslide in central Nagano prefecture. Large parts of Japan, particularly the…

It’s monsoon season and the death toll keeps rising

The death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India climbed to 159, officials said on Sunday, with rescuers searching for dozens more missing. Experts say climate change has caused the annual deluge to increase in…

7.3 earthquake hits off Japanese coast and brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday (13 February), shaking buildings and triggering widespread blackouts. No major casualties were reported, according to Kyodo news agency, which reported that more than…

Snowstorm, in Japan, causes 134-car pile-up along Japanese highway and one death

At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday, 19 January when a snowstorm struck a stretch of highway, with one person killed and a dozen hurt in the chaos. Ten people were taken…

World Heritage temple in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa destroyed by fire

The main hall at Shuri Castle in Okinawa was burnt to a skeleton, with firefighters spending hours trying to bring the blaze under control. A popular tourist attraction, Shuri was built more than 500 years ago as the royal castle…

Could Typhoon Hagibis mark the limits of Japan’s safety measures?

Japan looks at its ability to soften the impact of disasters after Typhoon Hagibis. Japan, a nation grimly accustomed to natural disasters, has invested many billions of dollars in a world-class infrastructure meant to soften nature’s wrath. But with the…

Fire last Thursday in a Japanese animation studio kills 33, arson is suspected

Last Thursday, dozens were injured and 33 killed when a suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan man reportedly doused the building with a flammable liquid and shouted, “drop dead.” or “die” The fire gutted the three-storey building in…

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Issue Advice on What to do Before, During and After an Earthquake

The risk of Earthquakes remains ever present in Japan and the continuous public education for residents ensures a good level of preparedness. Visitors are provided with access to comprehensive guides written in English and the Tokyo Government are keen that…

Restaurant Explosion and Fire in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Injures 42

Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the city of Sapporo. The explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday (16th Dec), police said,…

Northern Japan Suffers Fatal Earthquake

The death toll from last Thursday’s powerful earthquake on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is at least 16, with 26 people remain missing.  Days after the magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the Island of Hokkaido rescue workers are still looking…

Nine rescue workers killed in helicopter crash last Friday

All nine people aboard a rescue helicopter which crashed in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight have been confirmed dead. The Bell 412 helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from…

Typhoon Jongdari causes havoc in Japan

With winds of 110mph, Typhoon Jongdari took an unusual westbound trajectory across Honshu, staying north of Shikoku and finally crossing Kyushu. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the rare step of advising evacuation, particularly for those in western Japan, where flooding killed 224…

Typhoon Lan claims at least two lives as it makes land fall in Japan

Powerful typhoon Lan ripped into central Japan early Monday 23rd Oct, leaving two dead and more than 10 injured. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters as Typhoon Lan, described as “very large…

Suspicious fire in Japan kills 6 people

Police and firefighters discovered five bodies at an apartment in Hitachi City some 100 km north of Tokyo after the blaze was extinguished in the early hours of Friday, (Oct 6th) A child found in critical condition later died in…

Typhoons hit Asia in an unprecedented path of destruction

While super typhoon Talim starts off the coast of the Philippines and heads towards Taipei, China and Japan, Typhoon Doksuri is heading towards Vietnam.  In the meantime, the Philippines, who thought they had missed this group of Typhoons was hit…

Asia’s flood crisis increases, with floods across many countries in the region

The floods have killed 20 in India and Japan, made 1,000’s homeless in Thailand and China as well as bringing Brisbane to a standstill Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 400,000 to flee…

Japanese volcano threatening disastrous eruption next to nuclear plant

The Sakurajima volcano in Japan, responsible for one of the biggest eruptions in Japans history is set to blow again – this time Sendai Nuclear Power Plant is next door. When the volcano last had a major eruption, nearly 90,000…

Nine people killed in flooded Japanese old people’s home

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nine people were killed when floods inundated an old people’s home in Japan, police said on Wednesday, taking the death toll from a typhoon battering northern parts of the country to at least 11. Police found nine…

Quake resistance homes in spotlight

Of the 48 people who died from the successive quakes in Japan recently, nearly 80 percent of them apparently died because they were trapped under or hit by collapsed houses or buildings, highlighting once again the need for making houses…

Volcanic eruption warning issued for Mt Io in Kyushu, Japan

Japan’s weather agency on Sunday the 28th February issued an alert for the possible eruption of Mt Io a volcano in the southwest of the country, following an increase in noticeable seismic activity and based on recent eruptions. A no-entry warning…

Japanese Sakurajima volcano spectacular eruption

The Sakurajima volcano Sakurajima spectacularly erupted last Friday (5th February, 2016), near Sendai the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, and the largest city in the Tōhoku region. The Sakurajima volcano is also about 50 kilometres from a nuclear plant. The…

Asia gripped by big chill

A big chill is sweeping across North and South Asia and even parts of Southeast Asia. From India to Japan, the mercury is plummeting, in some places to its lowest in decades. Hong Kong has the lowest temperatures in six…

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