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Typhoon 19 ‘Hagibis’ Aftermath – Damage Reports Updates

Note: these damage reports are true and final at the time of writing this article (October 17th) As typhoon season was ending and Japan was slowly crossing into autumn, a monster storm on the horizon raised concerns as never before in Tokyo. The typhoon no.19, also known as “Hagibis” (meaning “speed” in Tagalog), was considered…
Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Over a quarter million people climb the infamous Mt. Fuji every year during the short climbing season of July and August. You may have heard the horror stories of climbers being stuck in lines while climbing up the mountain and uncomfortable mountain huts filled to the brim. Hearing this, you may want to avoid those…

How Do Ancient ‘Tsunami Stones’ Warn People About Future Disasters in Japan?

Tsunamis are fairly common in Japan, primarily because of major earthquakes that tend to hit the area every 100 to 150 years. Because of this, the country implemented advanced countermeasures against future tsunamis and education for disaster preparedness. As a reminder of the devastating impact of tsunamis, tsunami stones came into use. In Aneyoshi, Japan,…

How to Prepare an Emergency Evacuation Pack for Earthquakes and Typhoons in Japan

When I told my Japanese friends that I had an emergency store cupboard at home, stocked up with non-perishable items and bottled water, and that I’d bought a mini gas cooker with spare gas cassettes, they thought it was pretty funny that I was so prepared. After all, there hadn’t been a major earthquake in…

Meet Japan’s Supervolcano that has the Power to Destroy the World!

In the quiet, beautiful area of Southern Japan just on the edge of Kagoshima, sits the Sakurajima volcano. Underneath this beautiful, picturesque area lies a hidden danger – a danger that could cause the end of humanity. The end of civilization as we know it. That is because it is part of the beautiful, dangerous,…

A Packing Company Provides Innovative Beds for Kumamoto Earthquake Evacuees

While the earthquake in Kumamoto has had devastating effects, the kindness of humanity will be shown after a disaster. Good samaritans have offered help to residents of Kumamoto in various ways such as fixing broken pottery, and now a paper and cardboard company is offering its help using what it does best. Cardboard Beds? Staying…

What Does the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Area Look Like 5 Years Later?

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was reported as the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the incident, the area has been abandoned ever since the disaster occurred. What does the deserted area look like today? Dangerous Radiation Levels photo-ac.com The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred on the 11th of March…

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…