Kddi Begins Operating Base Station Ship Off Chiba

KDDI begins operating base station ship off Chiba

A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.

Japan's Rugby Team Seen Off For World Cup

Japan's rugby team seen off for World Cup

More than 5,000 people gathered at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday to see off 29 members of Japan's rugby team. It will take part in the World Cup that starts in the country on September 20th.

Captain Michael Leitch said he wants to fight with a special feeling as the event will be held on home turf, and he wants the fans to support them with 100-percent of their energy.

Ticad To Kick Off

TICAD to kick off

Leaders from over 50 African countries, representatives of international organizations and the UN Secretary General are descending upon the port city of Yokohama for the opening of TICAD, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The three-day summit kicks off Wednesday and will include an opening speech from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Awa Odori Dance Festival Kicks Off In Tokushima

Awa Odori dance festival kicks off in Tokushima

One of Japan's most famous mid-summer dance festivals, the Awa Odori, has kicked off in the western city of Tokushima.

At the opening ceremony on Monday, Tokushima Mayor Akiyoshi Endo said he hopes everyone enjoys the annual event.

Lekima Heading North Off Okinawa's Remote Islands

Lekima heading north off Okinawa's remote islands

Violent wind from Typhoon Lekima has been battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The Meteorological Agency continues to warn of very strong winds, high waves, and storm surges.

The agency says that as of 6 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was situated 190 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island.

Tropical Storm Francisco Moves Off Kyushu

Tropical storm Francisco moves off Kyushu

Tropical storm Francisco has moved off to the north of the western Japanese island of Kyushu.

But strong winds and rough seas persist in northern Kyushu. The Meteorological Agency is warning residents to stay on the alert for mud slides, strong winds and high waves.