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.

Record Flu Outbreaks In Tokyo & Surrounding Areas

Record flu outbreaks in Tokyo & surrounding areas

Health officials in Tokyo say the number of people infected with influenza has reached a new record high.

The officials say the average number of flu patients at 415 medical institutions in the Japanese capital in the week through Sunday stood at 64.18, up more than 10 from a week earlier.

Heavy Snow Forecast Over Wide Areas Of Japan

Heavy snow forecast over wide areas of Japan

Japanese weather officials say a cold air mass is bringing heavy snow to much of the Sea of Japan side of the country over the weekend.

The officials warn that even lowlands along the Pacific coast may be hit by snow.

Heavy Snow Hit Areas On The Sea Of Japan Coast

Heavy snow hit areas on the Sea of Japan coast

Weather officials are warning of further snowfall in areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says the influx of a strong cold air mass due to a winter pressure pattern has brought heavy snow to mountainous areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

Snow Piling Up In Japan Coastal Areas

Snow piling up in Japan coastal areas

Snowfall will likely continue along the Sea of Japan coast through Sunday. Weather officials are warning of possible transportation disruptions.

The Meteorological Agency says a winter weather pattern has strengthened, bringing a cold air mass to northern and western Japan.