Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holidays

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holidays

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holiday

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holiday

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Public Schools Reopen In Tottori Prefecture

Public schools reopen in Tottori Prefecture

Public schools in Tottori Prefecture in western Japan were reopened for the first time on Thursday after they were closed on April 27.

The decision came after Japan's government allowed prefectures, other than those under a special alert, to ease some of the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Some Toyama Prefecture Public Schools Reopen

Some Toyama Prefecture public schools reopen

Two cities in Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast have reopened their public elementary and junior high schools after being closed for two weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Classes resumed on Monday in the cities of Toyama and Kurobe.

Abe Visits Flooded Areas In Nagano Prefecture

Abe visits flooded areas in Nagano Prefecture

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Nagano Prefecture in central Japan to see areas that were flooded by a powerful typhoon.

Abe boarded a helicopter on Sunday to view communities that were inundated when a levee on the Chikuma River broke a week ago.

Heavy Rain Lashes Typhoon-ravaged Chiba Prefecture

Heavy rain lashes typhoon-ravaged Chiba Prefecture

A heavy downpour dumped more than 100 millimeters of rain per hour over parts of typhoon-ravaged Chiba Prefecture on Saturday morning.

The Meteorological Agency says the combination of damp air flowing into a rain front and a low-pressure system is creating unstable atmospheric conditions over areas of eastern Japan and the Tohoku region in the northeast.

Chiba Prefecture Offers Info In Foreign Languages

Chiba Prefecture offers info in foreign languages

The Chiba Prefectural government is offering telephone consultations in 13 languages for foreign residents who may need assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Faxai.

The Chiba International Center is providing information in simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Nepalese, Hindi, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Russian and Indonesian.

Power Outage In Chiba Prefecture Continues

Power outage in Chiba Prefecture continues

Efforts to restore electricity to parts of Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo that were left in the dark this week after a powerful typhoon continue. But for many people, it could be two weeks or more before power is fully restored. About 140,000 households are still without electricity.

Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force have been busy clearing roads.

Power, Water Remain Severed In Chiba Prefecture

Power, water remain severed in Chiba Prefecture

Hundreds of thousands of homes in Chiba Prefecture are still without electricity and water after Typhoon Faxai ripped through the greater Tokyo area on Monday.

The storm left up to 640,000 houses in the prefecture without power. Two people died of suspected heatstroke symptoms.

Hundreds Stranded In Hospital In Saga Prefecture

Hundreds stranded in hospital in Saga Prefecture

Downpours in southwestern Japan have left many people stranded in a flooded hospital in Saga Prefecture.

Prefectural officials say the first floor of Juntendo Hospital in Omachi Town was inundated on Wednesday, but the water had almost disappeared by 5 a.m. on Thursday.

Magnitude 4.1 Quake Hits Shizuoka Prefecture

Magnitude 4.1 quake hits Shizuoka Prefecture

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the Izu area of Shizuoka Prefecture, west of Tokyo at around 7:22 p.m. on Monday, registering an intensity of 4 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 in the hardest hit areas. There is no risk of tsunami.

Oomori Seiko To Hold First 47-prefecture Tour

Oomori Seiko to hold first 47-Prefecture tour

Oomori Seiko will hold a 47-Prefecture tour from June to November. 

With the back band Sin Gaias, Oomori will visit all 47 prefectures starting on June 5 in Kanagawa and wrapping up on November 13 in Tokyo. This will be her very first 47-Prefecture tour.