More than a week after torrential rains in western Japan triggered landslides and flooding, over 200 people are dead and 18 are still missing.
Residents and officials working on cleanup and recovery are contending with scorching temperatures expected to continue throughout the week. On Monday, temperatures across most of the region surpassed 35 degrees Celsius.
Volunteers are helping with cleanup work in the western Japanese city of Takatsuki on the first weekend since a major earthquake hit the area on Monday.
Volunteers from in and outside the city in Osaka Prefecture removed stuck sliding doors at the house of an elderly woman. She said that she appreciated the help.
The Yomiuri Shimbun Priests carefully dust off the Buddhist statues at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Horyuji temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, on Friday. In the annual Ominugui cleaning event, the priests used dusters, made of washi paper on long bamboo sticks, to brush away the dust that has accumulated on the statues this year. "While keeping our minds quiet to clean them, we prayed for another peaceful year to come," the temple's chief priest said.
Yamasaki hit his third home run of the spring with a solo shot off fellow veteran Fumiya Nishiguchi in the second inning of a 3-2 loss to the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old two-time home run leader will now likely bat cleanup and play first base in Chunichi's season-opening game against the Hiroshima Carp on March 30, having outperformed Tony Blanco in exhibition play.