Blackout May Last Another Week In Flooded Areas

Blackout may last another week in flooded areas

Japan's industry minister Isshu Sugawara has indicated that areas severely flooded by Typhoon Hagibis could remain without electricity for more than a week.

Sugawara told reporters on Tuesday that power companies have reported that it would take a week or so after the waters recede to restore power in those areas.

Devastated Areas Bracing For Further Rain

Devastated areas bracing for further rain

Heavy rain is expected on Monday evening in and around the areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis. People are advised to remain alert for swollen rivers and landslides.

The Typhoon caused rivers to flood and triggered landslides in central and northeastern parts of Japan and prefectures near Tokyo.

Sdf Rescuing People In Typhoon-hit Areas

SDF rescuing people in typhoon-hit areas

Japan's top government spokesperson says Self-Defense Forces personnel are carrying out rescue work in Tokyo and seven other prefectures.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, " People's lives continue to be affected by disruptions to power, water and transportation services. Relevant government organizations are doing their best to restore those services as soon as possible. The government dispatched personnel ahead of the disaster to local governments. They are now cooperating with Self-Defense Force personnel in collecting information on the damage."

Phone Services Remain Limited In Typhoon-hit Areas

Phone services remain limited in typhoon-hit areas

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.

Power Blackouts Likely In Some Areas After Monday

Power blackouts likely in some areas after Monday

Typhoon Faxai damaged electric supply chains in a wide area of the Kanto region, including Tokyo, and its surrounding areas.

Electricity will likely not be fully restored by the end of the day in some parts of the Tokyo metropolitan area, which was battered by the typhoon early Monday.

Heavy Rain To Hit Wide Areas In Japan

Heavy rain to hit wide areas in Japan

Tropical Storm Danas has brought torrential downpours mainly to western Japan. Forecasts show that heavy rain could hit wide areas of the country through Saturday.

The Meteorological Agency says Danas is moving north over the East China Sea at 20 kilometers per hour, as of 3 a.m. Friday morning. It is packing winds of 83 kilometers per hour.

Tokyo Coastal Areas Bracing For Tropical Storm

Tokyo coastal areas bracing for tropical storm

Tokyo and surrounding prefectures are bracing for Tropical Storm Sepat. Weather officials are warning of heavy rain and mudslides along their coasts.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said that as of 3 a.m. Friday, Sepat was south of the central prefecture of Shizuoka.

Warning Of Heavy Rain In Many Areas Of Japan

Warning of heavy rain in many areas of Japan

A tropical storm is approaching the southern shores of Japan's archipelago. Weather officials are warning of heavy rain across many areas of the country.

Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture had over 39 millimeters of rain between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Continued Caution Advised For Quake-hit Areas

Continued caution advised for quake-hit areas

Weather officials are calling for continued caution against landslides in two Japanese prefectures hit by Tuesday's powerful earthquake.

They say the ground in parts of Niigata and Yamagata prefectures may have loosened due to the tremor and rain since Wednesday morning.

Landslide Warnings Issued In Quake-hit Areas

Landslide warnings issued in quake-hit areas

Weather officials are warning residents in areas hit by Tuesday night's powerful earthquake to remain alert for possible landslides, as it is raining in the region.

The rain started early on Wednesday in Niigata and Yamagata prefectures along the Sea of Japan.

Children Down By 30% In 2011 Quake-hit Areas

Children down by 30% in 2011 quake-hit areas

An NHK survey shows that the number of schoolchildren in areas hard-hit by the 2011 major earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has declined by 30 percent.

Eight years and two months have passed since the March 11th disaster.

Muslim Prayer Facilities Debut In Expressway Service Areas

Muslim prayer facilities debut in expressway service areas

Prayer facilities have been set up in expressway service areas along popular routes to cater to Muslim visitors ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

In a first in Japan, prayer areas opened March 26 at the Hamanako service area and on the outbound side of the Ashigara service area along the Tomei Expressway in Shizuoka Prefecture. On March 27, a prayer facility was set up in the Suwako service area's outbound side on the Chuo Expressway in Nagano Prefecture.

Horned Owl Spotted In Tokyo Residential Areas

Horned owl spotted in Tokyo residential areas

There have been several horned owl sightings in residential areas of Tokyo. Police are looking for the bird to protect it and prevent it from harming people.

Police say they have received eight reports of the species being seen in Suginami Ward since February 10.