Residents Urged To Act To Protect Their Lives

Residents urged to act to protect their lives

The Meteorological Agency says people in areas hit by severe rainfall in southwestern Japan should do everything they can to protect their lives.

The agency issued its highest-level emergency warning for extremely heavy rain in some cities and towns in Saga, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in the Kyushu region on Wednesday morning.

Continued Caution Urged After Mount Asama Eruption

Continued caution urged after Mount Asama eruption

People are being urged to stay away from Mount Asama in central Japan following a minor eruption at the volcano on Wednesday night.

The eruption occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at the mountain, which straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures, prompting the Meteorological Agency to raise the volcanic alert level from 1 to 3, on a scale of 5.

Govt. Urged To Look Into Cases Of Unpaid Doctors

Govt. urged to look into cases of unpaid doctors

Japan's doctors' union has urged the government to carry out a nationwide inspection on all university hospitals to find out whether they are providing young doctors with proper remuneration.

Education ministry revealed for the first time last month that 2,191 doctors at 50 university hospitals of medicine and dentistry worked without pay.

Early Evacuations Urged Amid Downpours In Kyushu

Early evacuations urged amid downpours in Kyushu

Weather officials say extremely heavy rain is likely to continue in southwestern Japan's Kyushu region through Thursday. Some parts of the region are already facing a high risk of mudslides and flooding.

The officials may issue emergency warnings if downpours continue for several hours in the same areas. They are encouraging people in the region to evacuate without waiting for advisories to ensure their safety.

Early Evacuations Urged Amid Downpours

Early evacuations urged amid downpours

Weather officials say extremely heavy rain is likely to continue in southwestern Japan's Kyushu region, especially Kagoshima Prefecture, through Thursday. Some parts of the region are already facing a high risk of mudslides and flooding.

The officials may issue emergency warnings if downpours continue for several hours in the same areas. They are encouraging people in the region to evacuate without waiting for advisories to ensure their safety.

Residents Urged To Stay On The Alert

Residents urged to stay on the alert

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says people in the affected areas should remain on the alert.

Suga says strong aftershocks could occur. He says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed government officials to do all they can for rescue and relief efforts, as well as providing accurate and timely information about evacuation procedures and damage.

Japanese Urged To Invest For Retirement

Japanese urged to invest for retirement

Japan's government is urging citizens to invest more to better prepare for their ever-longer retirement years.

According to a Financial Services Agency panel, elderly couples face an income shortage of about 500 dollars a month on average.

Govt. Urged To Work Against Japan Seafood Ban

Govt. urged to work against Japan seafood ban

Japan's government plans to continue working to end restrictions on imports of Japanese fishery products, even after last week's ruling by the World Trade Organization in South Korea's favor over its ban on seafood imports from Japan.

But Japan may need to devise ways in negotiating with foreign countries, as both lawmakers and fishermen are urging the government to do more.

Japan Nuclear Watchdog Staff Urged To Speak Up

Japan nuclear watchdog staff urged to speak up

The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog has urged his staff to speak up if they think something is wrong that puts nuclear safety at risk.

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa addressed about 330 employees on Monday, the eighth anniversary of the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Kumamoto People Urged To Stay Vigilant For Jolts

Kumamoto people urged to stay vigilant for jolts

Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are urging people quake-prone Kumamoto Prefecture to remain vigilant against further risks.

Toshiyuki Matsumori, an official responsible for monitoring earthquakes and tsunami at the agency, spoke to reporters after the magnitude 4.3 quake struck the southwestern prefecture on Saturday afternoon.

Over 3 Mil. Urged To Evacuate In Japan

Over 3 mil. urged to evacuate in Japan

Local authorities across Japan have issued evacuation orders and advisories for Typhoon Trami.

More than 200,000 people in 10 prefectures, including Osaka and Miyazaki, had been ordered to evacuate as of 3:30 PM on Sunday.

Caution Urged Against Heatstroke In Japan

Caution urged against heatstroke in Japan

Japanese authorities and medical experts are urging special caution against heatstroke as scorching conditions continue in eastern and western Japan.

Weather officials say the mercury soared in wide areas of Japan on Thursday as powerful high-pressure systems brought punishing heat.