Continued Caution Urged For Gifu, Nagano

Continued caution urged for Gifu, Nagano

Torrential rains are swamping parts of Japan. The extreme wet weather has moved into the central and eastern part of the country, after causing widespread damage in the southwestern region of Kyushu. More than 55 people have died, and over 15 others are missing.

The Meteorological Agency has switched a heavy rain emergency warning for Gifu and Nagano prefectures to a warning. But officials are telling residents to stay vigilant as the water is still rising in local rivers.

Officials Urge Continued Caution For Gifu, Nagano

Officials urge continued caution for Gifu, Nagano

The heavy rain that's been swamping the southwestern region of Kyushu has now extended into the central and eastern part of the country. The Meteorological Agency has switched a heavy rain emergency warning for Gifu and Nagano prefectures to a warning. But officials are telling residents to continue to watch out as the water is still rising in local rivers.

The areas are experiencing rainfall that hasn't been seen in several decades. Officials say the average rainfall for the month of July has already been exceeded.

Continued Caution Urged For Parts Of Kyushu

Continued caution urged for parts of Kyushu

In Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu, the heavy rainfall is now being blamed for the deaths of more than 50 people.

Weather officials have switched a heavy rain emergency warning issued for Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki prefectures to a warning.

Officials Still Urging Caution For Parts Of Kyushu

Officials still urging caution for parts of Kyushu

In Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu, the intense rain falling has left more than 50 people dead and about a dozen others missing.

Weather officials have switched a heavy rain emergency warning issued for three prefectures to a warning. But they're asking people to remain on alert for landslides and rivers spilling over their banks.

Officials Urge Continued Caution For Kyushu

Officials urge continued caution for Kyushu

The intense rain in Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu is leaving dozens of people dead. Weather officials have switched a heavy rain emergency warning issued for Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki prefectures to a warning. But they're asking people to remain on alert for landslides and rivers spilling over their banks.

Officials say Chikugo River overflowed in Hita City in Oita Prefecture on Tuesday morning. Residents are being asked to monitor evacuation information and secure their safety in case of a possible disaster. Further flooding may occur in several cities along the river.

Weather Officials Urge Continued Caution

Weather officials urge continued caution

Torrential rains have been pounding Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu over the last four days. Dozens of people have been confirmed dead as the search for the missing continues.

Weather and land officials are asking people to remain on alert for flooding and landslides.

Abe Urges Event Organizers To Use Caution

Abe urges event organizers to use caution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants organizers of large-scale events to continue exercising caution by assessing the risk of coronavirus infections.

Abe spoke at a meeting of the government's task force on Friday, a day after a panel of experts came up with a set of proposals to contain the spread of the virus.

Doctor: Symptoms Mild, But Caution Needed

Doctor: Symptoms mild, but caution needed

A doctor who treated people infected with the new coronavirus says symptoms are relatively mild but measures should be taken to protect vulnerable people.

Satoshi Kutsuna of Japan's National Center for Global Health and Medicine spoke to NHK about his experience treating five patients.

Officials Urge Caution For Hokkaido Snowstorm

Officials urge caution for Hokkaido snowstorm

Weather officials warn that a heavy snowstorm could disrupt transport systems in Hokkaido and other parts of northern Japan from Thursday to Saturday.

The officials say a developing low-pressure system and a cold air mass will likely bring blizzards to Hokkaido, mainly on the Sea of Japan side.

Weather Officials Urge Great Caution For Hagibis

Weather officials urge great caution for Hagibis

Weather officials in Japan are warning that Typhoon Hagibis is likely to make landfall in the Tokai region or the Kanto region, including Tokyo, on Saturday.

Meteorological Agency official Yasushi Kajihara told reporters on Friday that it may issue an emergency warning, as Hagibis is likely to bring strong winds and high waves, as well as record heavy rainfall over wide areas.

Continued Caution Urged After Mount Asama Eruption

Continued caution urged after Mount Asama eruption

People are being urged to stay away from Mount Asama in central Japan following a minor eruption at the volcano on Wednesday night.

The eruption occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at the mountain, which straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures, prompting the Meteorological Agency to raise the volcanic alert level from 1 to 3, on a scale of 5.

Rain Warning Lifted; Caution Still Advised

Rain warning lifted; caution still advised

Japan's Meteorological Agency has lifted all highest-level emergency rain warnings for Nagasaki Prefecture. But it's calling on residents to remain on high alert for landslides and other disasters amid torrential rains.

A footage from Tsushima island shows storm water pouring from a partially completed mud-control dam. Thick brown water is inundating a residential area.

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.

Urgent Flu Caution Issued For Elderly Facilities

Urgent flu caution issued for elderly facilities

Japan's health ministry has issued an urgent nationwide caution to facilities for the elderly calling for through measures to prevent influenza.

A succession of senior residents in such facilities have died this month due to mass influenza infections. Four residents at a special care home for the elderly in Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and seven residents at a nursing home in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, have died of influenza.