Damaged buildings are seen in Makinohara, Shiizuoka Prefecture, on Sunday, after strong gusts of winds hit the area late Saturday night. Photo: KYODO
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Strong wind gusts damage 92 buildings in central Japan

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What else could this be, it is a tornado, or a lie!??

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Surely the building at the bottom is a garage?

Indeed, but still a piece of crap of a building!!

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I read the same thing in China too, the weather nowadays is quite erratic. Nobody will hopefully get injured or worse if this wind keeps up.

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I came here to read how strong was the wind but nothing about it ...

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Japanese infrastructures are crumbling due to years of disrepair and non-maintainance.

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I was on a mountainside camping :) Rain and wind and even lightning for a whole 24 hrs

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So many Japanese structures are Third World in appearance and design. A clean version of the Third World I'll grant you, but still not close to par with European housing.

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look like cheap plywood garden sheds not houses

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Some wild weather in the last few days.

I've had the wind rip the roof off my woodshed. It is framed with karamatsu (larch) logs that are about 20cm in diameter and then normal taruki (rafters) and corrugated iron. It's about eight meters long and must weigh over 200kg. The roof was just hammered on with mortice and tenon joints and came off intact, so we craned it back on. It's now bolted down to stop it happening again.

Japan has very intense sunlight, so roofs should have overhangs to shade windows from summer sun. These overhangs (eaves) let strong winds attack the roof from below.

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If it turns out to be the result of a tornado, how often do tornadoes happen in Japan?

Uh, annually?

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Suga this is something more important then your Olympics.This is were money should be spent .

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Are strong winds that are not typhoons regraded as a natural disaster in Japan? Yesterday the wind was clearly dangerous.

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@GW

Surely the building at the bottom is a garage?

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Folks take a LOOK at the bottom 2 buildings, these are what I have described as SHACKS for decades, cheaply made CRAP!

And the shack in the middle with a heavy roof, what could go wrong, well simple, look at the picture!

And dont get me started about the MILLIONS of akiya, many of which are cheap shacks like the 2 pictured above, and over time earthquakes & typhoons make these VERY DANGEROUS.

Pay attention to pictures from typhoons & you will soon notice many of these cheaply made, often dilapidated structures are the ones blown apart, same with nasty signage etc etc etc

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"Really? How do you then explain milenia of bad weather?"

If it turns out to be the result of a tornado, how often do tornadoes happen in Japan?

I live here in Columbus OH, and while I don't recall seeing a tornado in my over 50 years in the area, they often show up around flatlands.

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"To be honest, the construction quality on most of these type buildings (and many homes) looks to be a joke. Having watched the build of multiple structures, surprised that we don't see a grat deal more of this. It is not just insulation that building codes don't keep up with in Japan."

Do you have a background in civil engineering to make that judgment? If the codes are not good, than why do buildings -including homes- in Japan seemed to be able to withstand major earthquakes?

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Good to have the experts weigh in. Based on an in-depth analysis of the structural merits of several buildings and deep knowledge of architecture and engineering - the resident expert deems this event to be the result of construction quality. With the surprising comment: "surprised that we don't see a grat (great?) deal more of this." Further, an acquaintance with building codes determines that it is not just insulation that is problematic.

And. Of course, climate change enters the morass. Perhaps however, it was caused by a phase of the moon.

Perhaps, a consult with Joseph Jacobs, will reveal the genuine cause. I'll huff and I'll puff.

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"If electric lines were underground, electric poles and lines falling won’t be an issue. But Japan is not ready to change that, arguing that in case of natural disaster or work, it is easier to work on it."

It is easier to work on it and cheaper. By the end of the day, the power was restored.

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To be honest, the construction quality on most of these type buildings (and many homes) looks to be a joke. Having watched the build of multiple structures, surprised that we don't see a grat deal more of this. It is not just insulation that building codes don't keep up with in Japan.

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If electric lines were underground, electric poles and lines falling won’t be an issue. But Japan is not ready to change that, arguing that in case of natural disaster or work, it is easier to work on it.

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A sign was damage close by because of the wind, fortunately it has some redundant mechanisms to fix it and it did not fly away, It could have made a lot of damage.

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Sad to see all the destruction, but glad there are no victims.

Hoping these people have the resources available to fix their houses soon.

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Welcome to global warming/climate change.

Really? How do you then explain milenia of bad weather?

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It felt like a typhoon with no rain.

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Welcome to global warming/climate change.

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A harrowing experience for those at home.

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