Heavy Rain Expected In Wide Areas Of Japan

Heavy rain expected in wide areas of Japan

Japanese weather officials say heavy rain and thunderstorms will hit some parts of Japan's Pacific Coast through Saturday, raising the risk of mudslides.

The Meteorological Agency says warm and humid air has flown into the front and the low-pressure system, creating an unstable atmospheric condition mostly in western Japan.

Torrential Rain Forecast For Wide Areas In Japan

Torrential rain forecast for wide areas in Japan

Japanese weather officials are warning of possible landslides and flooding in wide areas from Kyushu to the Kanto region as torrential rain is forecast through Sunday morning.

In one hour through 5 a.m., 40 millimeters of rain fell on Makurazaki City in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu.

Heavy Rain Alert Issued For Wide Areas Of Japan

Heavy rain alert issued for wide areas of Japan

Japanese weather officials are warning of localized heavy rains in wide areas of western to northeastern Japan by Monday morning.

The meteorological agency says warm, damp air is flowing from the west into a front, causing atmospheric conditions to become unstable over most of the country.

Japan Sees More Fatal Car Crashes In Urban Areas

Japan sees more fatal car crashes in urban areas

Japanese police say the volume of traffic around the country has plunged amid the coronavirus outbreak, leading to a significant decline in accidents.

But there has been an increase in fatal car crashes in urban areas. Police suspect this is due to more aggressive driving on empty roads.

Japan May Lift Restrictions In Some Areas

Japan may lift restrictions in some areas

The number of coronavirus cases reported in Japan in one day has fallen below 100 for the first time since the state of emergency was declared on April 7.

The government says it may lift the measure in some prefectures around May 14.

Emergency May End Around May 14 In Some Areas

Emergency may end around May 14 in some areas

Japan's government says it may lift the country's state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in some prefectures around May 14.

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi spoke about the possibility to reporters on Thursday.

Mcdonald's Japan To Close Over 1,900 Dining Areas

McDonald's Japan to close over 1,900 dining areas

McDonald's Japan says it will close the dining areas of its restaurants in 13 prefectures that are under the highest alert for the coronavirus pandemic.

The fast food chain operator says eat-in service will be suspended from Monday to May 6 at more than 1,900 outlets in the prefectures that include Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.

Emperor, Empress To Visit Typhoon-hit Areas

Emperor, Empress to visit typhoon-hit areas

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are to visit the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima in northeastern Japan, both of which suffered major damage from Typhoon Hagibis in October. This is their first visit to disaster-hit areas since the Emperor's accession.

The Imperial Household Agency says the couple will fly to an airport in Miyagi on Thursday morning and receive a briefing on the situation in the affected areas.

Global Warming Could Bring More Snow To Some Areas

Global warming could bring more snow to some areas

Researchers in Japan have warned that global warming will likely bring heavy snow to mountainous areas in eastern Japan.

A team led by Tohoku University Assistant Professor Takahiro Sasai simulated how snow would fall if global average temperatures rise by four degrees Celsius due to global warming.

Japan-us Drill Focuses On New Defense Areas

Japan-US drill focuses on new defense areas

The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the US Army have begun a joint drill aimed at boosting cooperation in cyberspace and other new areas of defense.

The annual exercise is dubbed "Yama Sakura." It started on Monday at several locations in Japan, with about 6,600 personnel taking part.

Heavy Rain Expected In Typhoon-hit Areas

Heavy rain expected in typhoon-hit areas

A low pressure system could bring heavy rain to Japan later this week, including to areas still reeling from Typhoon Hagibis which struck the country earlier this month.

Downpours are expected in the western and eastern parts of the country through Friday and flooding could occur.

More Heavy Rain Forecast In Areas Hit By Hagibis

More heavy rain forecast in areas hit by Hagibis

Weather officials are warning that extensive areas of western and eastern Japan could face fresh flooding as a result of heavy rain, not long after they were hit by downpours that accompanied Typhoon Hagibis.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, severe tropical storm Neoguri had turned to a low pressure system over the sea south of the major island of Shikoku in western Japan.

Abe Visits Flooded Areas In Nagano Prefecture

Abe visits flooded areas in Nagano Prefecture

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Nagano Prefecture in central Japan to see areas that were flooded by a powerful typhoon.

Abe boarded a helicopter on Sunday to view communities that were inundated when a levee on the Chikuma River broke a week ago.