First Japan-british Drill Held Near Mt. Fuji

First Japan-British drill held near Mt. Fuji

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the British army have held their first joint exercise near Mount Fuji in central Japan.

The drill began on Sunday and is scheduled to take place at the Kita-Fuji exercise camp in the area and other places for 13 days. It was agreed upon at a Japan-British summit in August last year.

Typhoon Likely To Near Okinawa Saturday

Typhoon likely to near Okinawa Saturday

A large and very strong typhoon is forecast to come very close to western parts of Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday. Weather officials are warning of strong wind gusts, high waves and heavy rains.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Trami was about 500 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island as of 3 PM on Thursday. It was slowly moving northwest.

3,800 Landslides Confirmed Near Hokkaido Epicenter

3,800 landslides confirmed near Hokkaido epicenter

A survey firm says about 3,800 landslides have been confirmed near the epicenter of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shook Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Thursday of last week. 41 people died, most of them in massive landslides.

Pasco Corporation analyzed a photographic image of the quake-hit area taken by a French satellite on Tuesday, 5 days after the quake. The image covered an 80-by-90 kilometer area.

Man Indicted For Killing 9 Near Tokyo

Man indicted for killing 9 near Tokyo

Prosecutors have indicted a 27-year-old man for killing 9 young people in his apartment in Zama City near Tokyo.

A branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted Takahiro Shiraishi on charges including murder on Monday.

Search Efforts Focus On Town Near Epicenter

Search efforts focus on town near epicenter

Rescuers are searching around the clock to find survivors following a deadly earthquake in Hokkaido.
17 people are dead and 21 more are missing.

The search effort is focused near the epicenter in the town of Atsuma. That's where all the missing people are from.

Seismologist: Active Fault Near Epicenter

Seismologist: active fault near epicenter

A seismologist at Hokkaido University says Thursday's magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred in an area known to accumulate stress underground.

Associate Professor Kei Katsumata said an active fault is located near the epicenter, but he says he cannot say for sure if there is a direct link between the fault and the latest earthquake. He pointed out that its epicenter was 40 kilometers underground but the fault is about 10 kilometers deep.

Jebi Makes Second Landfall Near Kobe

Jebi makes second landfall near Kobe

Weather officials say Typhoon Jebi has made second landfall near the city of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan.

It is now set to barrel across Japan's main island of Honshu after passing through Shikoku. Evacuation advisories are in place.

Typhoon Jebi Expected To Near Japan

Typhoon Jebi expected to near Japan

Weather officials suggest a powerful typhoon could come very close to Japan next week.

The country's Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jebi turned "violent" in its intensity scale on Friday.

2 Tropical Storms Near Japan

2 tropical storms near Japan

People in Japan are on the lookout for 2 tropical systems that are bringing heavy rain and strong winds in the western part of the country.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Soulik was located 280 kilometers southwest of the city of Goto in Nagasaki Prefecture as of 2 PM on Wednesday.

Soulik May Near Western Japan Next Tuesday

Soulik may near western Japan next Tuesday

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the strong typhoon Soulik is moving north off Japan's Ogasawara Islands, and could approach Kyushu and other areas in western Japan by next Tuesday.

Soulik is the 19th tropical cyclone to develop in the northwest Pacific Ocean this year. The slow moving storm was 350 kilometers southwest of Chichi-jima in the island group as of 9 AM Saturday.

Jongdari Moving Slowly Near Southwestern Japan

Jongdari moving slowly near southwestern Japan

Tropical Storm Jongdari is lingering around Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Tuesday. Over the weekend it ripped through the main island of Honshu.

Weather officials are calling on people to watch out for further torrential rains in southern Kyushu as well as the neighboring Shikoku region.