Heavy Snow Expected In And Around Tokyo

Heavy snow expected in and around Tokyo

Japanese weather officials say an extremely powerful cold air mass will bring snow to wide areas, including central Tokyo.

The Meteorological Agency says the air mass with a temperature of minus 24 degrees Celsius covered the northern prefecture of Hokkaido and nearby regions on Friday.

Bullet Train Inspection To Take Until Around 10 Pm

Bullet train inspection to take until around 10 PM

The operator of the Kyushu bullet train service says safety inspections following the earthquake will likely continue until around 10 PM.

Kyushu Railway Company suspended Shinkansen bullet train operations between Hakata and Kumamoto stations after the quake hit around 6:10 PM.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Nippori Textile Town--weave A Path Into The Capital's Fabric

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Nippori Textile Town--Weave a path into the capital's fabricGarnering silk and wool from animals; cotton, flax and jute from plants. We human beings are a resourceful, inventive bunch. Our ancestors fed mulberry leaves to silkworms, waited for them to pupate in cocoons, and then dissolved them in hot water and extracted long fibers that they fed into a spinning wheel.


Fleece is sheared from sheep, then scoured, carded, combed and spun into yarn. Teeny-tiny cotton fibers are picked from the plant, then stretched and twisted and made into thread. Linen is harvested, dried, threshed, retted, scutched and then spun. The resulting thread or yarn is woven or knitted and made into a textile.

Many Around Nuclear Plants Lack Iodine Tablets

Many around nuclear plants lack iodine tablets

An NHK survey shows that more than 40 percent of the people living around nuclear power plants across Japan have not yet received iodine tablets as a precaution in the event of a nuclear accident.

Radioactive iodine may be released into the environment during an accident at a nuclear plant. The substance could cause cancer when taken into the thyroid gland. Use of iodine tablets is a preventive measure.

Nintendo Explains Why They're Still Keeping The 3ds Around

Nintendo Explains Why They're Still Keeping The 3DS Around

With the Nintendo Switch offering up a bigger display and more powerful hardware, it made sense that many believed that the Switch was designed to replace not just the Wii U, but also potentially the 3DS due to the fact that it could be taken around just as easily as it could be plugged into a TV.

However Nintendo has continued to maintain its 3DS lineup of hardware and also games, and recently in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained why they are continuing to keep the 3DS around, suggesting that it was a more affordable device compared to the Switch, and that it would appeal to the younger crowd.

Tremors Continue Around Osaka

Tremors continue around Osaka

Tremors believed to be aftershocks of Monday's major earthquake have rattled the western Japanese prefecture of Osaka.

The magnitude-6.1 quake hit before 8 AM on Monday in northern Osaka. On Japan's seismic intensity scale of zero to seven, it's categorized as a six-minus. The quake left 4 people dead and at least 376 injured.