Record Downpour Hits Tsushima Island

Record downpour hits Tsushima Island

Weather officials say the heaviest rainfall in half a century has hit Tsushima City, Nagasaki Prefecture, as severe tropical storm Tapah moves through the region.

Hourly rainfall of 80 millimeters was recorded on Sunday evening in the city, which is an island on the Sea of Japan.

Fm Kono Visits South Pacific Island Nations

FM Kono visits South Pacific island nations

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono is aiming to boost maritime security cooperation during a tour of four South Pacific island nations.

Kono is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the region in 32 years. He will travel to the Marshall Islands on Thursday.

Typhoon Approaching Japanese Island Of Kyushu

Typhoon approaching Japanese island of Kyushu

Weather officials in Japan say a strong typhoon is expected to make landfall in the southern Kyushu region early on Tuesday. It's bringing violent winds to Miyazaki Prefecture and some parts of neighboring Kagoshima Prefecture.

As of 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Meteorological Agency officials say Typhoon Francisco was over waters about 70 kilometers east-southeast of Miyazaki City. It was moving west-northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

Russian Pm May Visit Japan-claimed Island

Russian PM may visit Japan-claimed island

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev may visit one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims as early as Friday.

The prime minister arrived on Thursday at Sakhalin's capital, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and conferred with the acting governor of the region.

Tropical Storm Nari Nears Japan's Main Island

Tropical storm Nari nears Japan's main island

Weather officials in Japan say a tropical storm is approaching the Pacific coast of the main island of Honshu, and may bring heavy rain from Saturday through Sunday.

They urge people to be on alert for possible landslides, floods, swollen rivers, strong winds, high waves and lightning.

Medvedev May Visit Japan-claimed Island

Medvedev may visit Japan-claimed island

Sources say Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev plans to visit one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.

Officials in Etorofu Island say Medvedev is making arrangements to visit the island via Sakhalin as early as August, and that local officials are making preparations.

Heavy Rain Hits Yakushima Island

Heavy rain hits Yakushima Island

Warm, humid air blowing from the east is causing heavy rains in Japan's southern Kyushu.

Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 12,400 people in all parts of Yakushima Town in Kagoshima Prefecture. Residents have been told to evacuate immediately.

Record Rains On Yonaguni Island

Record rains on Yonaguni Island

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Yonaguni-jima Island in Okinawa Prefecture has received rains at a level seen only once every 50 years.

The agency says warm, humid air destabilized the atmosphere, causing rainclouds to develop over the island from Monday morning.

Takizawa Hideaki Appointed President Of 'johnny's Island'

Takizawa Hideaki appointed president of 'Johnny's Island'

Takizawa Hideaki, who retired from showbiz last year, has been appointed as the president of new company 'Johnny's Island.' This is an affiliated company of Johnny's & Associates, and its chairman is Johnny Kitagawa. 

First, there will be a reorganization to popular Johnny's Jr. unit Snow Man, comprised of Iwamoto Hikaru, Fukasawa Tatsuya, Watanabe Shota, Abe Ryohei, Miyadate Ryota, and Sakuma Daisuke. Three members will be added to the unit, who are Kansai Johnny's Jr.'s Mukai Koji, Uchuu Six's Meguro Ren (concurrent), and Johnny's Jr.'s Murakami Makoto Raul. Snow Man is scheduled to perform in 'Takizawa Kabuki ZERO' (April/May) that's directed by Takizawa. 

Putin: Talks Needed On Island Sovereignty

Putin: Talks needed on island sovereignty

Russian President Vladimir Putin says further discussions are needed regarding the sovereignty of two islands that a decades-old declaration says will be handed over to Japan.

Putin spoke to Russian media on Thursday, one day after he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to speed up peace treaty negotiations based on a 1956 joint declaration between the Soviet Union and Japan.

Coast Guard: Small Island May Have Disappeared

Coast Guard: Small island may have disappeared

The Japan Coast Guard says a small uninhabited island off the northern prefecture of Hokkaido may have disappeared due to erosion by waves and floating ice.

NHK has learned from coast guard officials that the island named Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, about 500 meters off the village of Sarufutsu in northern Hokkaido, may have vanished.

Island In Western Japan Has No Water, Road Access

Island in western Japan has no water, road access

An island in western Japan has no water or road access after a pipe and cables on the bridge connecting the town to the mainland were severed.

A Malta-registered cargo ship is believed to have collided with the bridge early Monday morning.

Eruptions On Remote Island Expand Japan's Eez

Eruptions on remote island expand Japan's EEZ

Japan Coast Guard officials say the volcanic eruptions on a tiny remote island in the Pacific are expanding Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

Volcanic activity began near Nishinoshima Island in November 2013. Lava flows have made the island larger.