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Heavy rain forecast as recovery, repair work from typhoon continues

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Japan's weather agency warned Friday of a secondary disaster in wide areas of the country already flooded by Typhoon Hagibis, as heavy downpours were forecast to hit over the weekend while recovery efforts continue. In the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Saturday, rainfall of up to 120 millimeters was expected… Read

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Elderly woman describes her flood victim husband's final moments

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An elderly woman has recounted her final moments with her husband who died in typhoon floodwaters that swept into their northeastern Japan home, saying she held his hand until the very end. Yuriko Sekine, 86, said that her husband Osamu thanked her "for everything" before he succumbed to the floodwaters… Read

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Abe promises special support to rebuild from Typhoon Hagibis

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the government will take steps under a special law to fully support people living in areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis. The government will designate the typhoon, which flooded vast areas of Japan with record rainfall and disrupted lifelines, as an extraordinary disaster, a move… Read

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School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018

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The number of reported cases of bullying at schools across Japan totaled 543,933 in fiscal 2018, up 31.3 percent from a year earlier and marking the highest level on record, according to an education ministry survey released Thursday. A total of 80.8 percent of the schools surveyed said they had… Read

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Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program

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Japan's space policy committee in the Cabinet Office decided Thursday to participate in the U.S. program to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Tokyo will notify Washington later this year about the decision by the Committee on National Space Policy. Japan will offer technical cooperation for the construction of… Read

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Abe visits typhoon-hit areas; emperor's parade to be postponed until Nov 10

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited communities on Thursday that were hit by a powerful typhoon, while the government said it was postponing a parade for Emperor Naruhito's formal enthronement next week because of the disaster. Typhoon Hagibis killed at least 77 people last week when it lashed wide swathes of… Read

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Flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

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When a river in Fukushima Prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses. Fukushima is no stranger to disaster. In 2011, the area was struck by an earthquake that… Read

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7 crew missing after North Korean fishing boat capsizes

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The Japanese coast guard was searching for seven crew members who went missing after a wooden North Korean fishing boat carrying 14 people capsized about 350 kilometers northwest of the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture, officials said Wednesday. The coast guard said it dispatched four patrol vessels and two aircraft after… Read

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Venomous ants may spread in Japan: research body

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Venomous fire ants could spread in Japan, as the recent discovery of about 50 queen ants at a Tokyo port suggests the invasive alien insect from South America has likely taken root, according to an analysis by a national research institute. Some 50 queens with wings, more than 300 fire… Read

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Gov't to use ¥710 million from reserves to deal with typhoon damage

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Japan will disburse about 710 million yen from reserves in the fiscal 2019 budget to deal with the aftermath of the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in decades, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday. The funds will be used to set up temporary toilets and send necessities such… Read

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