Typhoon Hagibis Dumps Record Amount Of Rain

Typhoon Hagibis dumps record amount of rain

Typhoon Hagibis has dumped a record amount of rain and caused widespread flooding in many parts of central and eastern Japan.

The Meteorological Agency retains its highest heavy rain emergency warning for three prefectures. It's calling on people to be proactive in order to save lives.

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.

Japan's Elderly Population Hits Record High

Japan's elderly population hits record high

A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs.

The internal affairs ministry estimates that, as of Sunday, the elderly population stood at 35.88 million. That's up 320,000 from last year. Monday is the Respect for the Aged Day national holiday.

Japanese City Sets New Fried Chicken Record

Japanese city sets new fried chicken record

People in a city in southwestern Japan have set a new world record for the largest serving of fried chicken.

More than 1,600 kilograms of chicken was prepared for Sunday's event in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. The city is famous for its fried chicken.

Yamaguchi Sets World Record In World Para Swimming

Yamaguchi sets world record in World Para Swimming

Japan's Naohide Yamaguchi won gold and set a new world record in his category for the men's 100 meter breaststroke at the World Para Swimming Championships.

In the final in London on Wednesday, 18-year-old Yamaguchi put in a dynamic performance, making full use of his 1.87-meter-tall frame. He finished with a time of 1 minute 4.95 seconds.

Volunteers Help Out In Saga After Record Downpour

Volunteers help out in Saga after record downpour

Volunteers have gathered in four cities and towns in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan, to join a clean-up effort after record rain deluged homes and businesses.

In Takeo City, people began signing up at a disaster volunteer center from 9 a.m., and were soon helping residents pull damaged tatami mat flooring and furniture out of homes.

Record Amount Sought For Japan's Defense Budget

Record amount sought for Japan's defense budget

Japan's Defense Ministry has released its largest-ever budget request for next fiscal year, partly to finance the launch of a space monitoring unit.

The ministry decided at a meeting attended by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Friday to request about 5.3 trillion yen, or about 50 billion dollars, for fiscal 2020, which starts next April. The figure is up 1.2 percent from this year's budget.

Japan Budget Requests To Hit Record High

Japan budget requests to hit record high

Japanese government ministries and agencies are expected to seek a total of about 105 trillion yen, or 990 billion dollars, in budget requests for the next fiscal year. It is the highest figure ever.

The requests will be submitted to the Finance Ministry by Friday.

Record Number Of Foreigners Lose Resident Status

Record number of foreigners lose resident status

The Japanese government says a record number of foreigners were stripped of their resident status in 2018.

The Immigration Services Agency says it revoked the resident status of 832 people. The figure is more than double that of the previous year.

Japanese Average Life Expectancy At Record High

Japanese average life expectancy at record high

The average life expectancy reached a record high for both male and female Japanese people last year. It was more than five years longer than in 1989, the year the three-decade Japanese era of Heisei started.

Japan's health and welfare ministry says the average lifespan last year was 87.32 years for women and 81.25 years for men. Both marked a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive year.

Suspected Arsonist Has Criminal Record

Suspected arsonist has criminal record

Police say the man suspected of causing the fatal fire at an animation studio in Kyoto is Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old resident of Saitama City, near Tokyo.

Investigative sources say the man used to live in Ibaraki Prefecture. He was indicted in 2012 for a convenience store robbery and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Record For June

Foreign visitors to Japan hit record for June

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in June marked a record high for the month. Tourism officials point to more travelers from mainland China mainly due to the easing of visa requirements.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that 2.88 million foreigners visited Japan last month. That's up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.