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Crane Sculpture Grows Wings of Ice as Tokyo Shivers (Japan in Photos)

Icicles hang off the crane fountain at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo as the mercury drops to minus four degrees Celsius on the morning of January 25, 2018. This is the coldest recorded temperature in the capital for 48 years. (© Jiji)

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Tokyo’s Wettest August for Years (Japan in Photos)

Pedestrians with umbrellas cross Shibuya’s scramble crossing on August 16, 2017. It has been unseasonably wet in Tokyo this summer, with rain every day so far this month. This is the longest streak of regular precipitation in August since 1977, when the month saw 22 consecutive days of rain. (© Jiji)

Rainy Season Over in Eastern to Western Japan (News)

Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)—This year's rainy season seems to be over in the eastern to western Japan regions of Kantō-Kōshin, Tōkai, Kinki, Chūgoku and Shikoku, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday. According to the agency, the end of the wet season came 10 days earlier than in the previous year in Kantō-Kōshin, including Tokyo, nine days earlier in Tōkai and a day later in Kinki, Ch…

Heavy Rain Kills 21, Leaves More Than 20 Missing in Southwestern Japan (News)

Fukuoka/Ōita, July 9 (Jiji Press)—A total of 21 people had been confirmed dead as of Sunday in rain-drenched areas of Fukuoka and Ōita Prefectures, while more than 20 people remained unaccounted for in Fukuoka and about 150 people were waiting to be rescued in Ōita. Separately, five bodies have been found in neighboring Saga Prefecture, which faces the Ariake Sea, and other locations. Believing…

Residents Evacuate After Torrents in Kyūshū (Japan in Photos)

A member of the Self-Defense Forces carries a woman through a flooded neighborhood in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on the morning of July 6, 2017. Record rainfall in Kyūshū has forced around 400,000 people to evacuate their homes. SDF troops, police officers, and firefighters have been dispatched to conduct search operations in the area. (© Jiji)

An Oasis Amid Unseasonable Heat (Japan in Photos)

Children stay cool by playing in a fountain at Tokyo Skytree Town in Sumida on July 3, 2017. While still officially the rainy season, the mercury around the capital climbed well above 30°C over the weekend, sending people scrambling for ways to beat the unexpected heat. (© Jiji)

More Than Just a Weather Service: Japan’s Multifunctional Meteorological AgencyFurukawa Takehiko

The Japan Meteorological Agency is playing an increasingly prominent role as extreme weather events continue to strike the Japanese archipelago. More than just a weather service, JMA also monitors volcanic and seismic activity on land and waves and currents at sea, and it helps protect lives by issuing various types of warnings.

Addressing Natural Disaster Risks: The Need for Greater Self-RelianceKatada Toshitaka

When the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, was hit by a tremendous tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, almost all of its 3,000 elementary and junior high school pupils survived. They were quick to flee thanks in part to the disaster-preparedness training by Katada Toshitaka, who here calls for greater self-reliance in the face of the growing risks from natural disasters.

Hot and Getting Hotter

On August 12, 2013, the city of Shimanto in Kōchi Prefecture recorded a temperature of 41.0°C, a new high for Japan. As the country heats up, temperatures are rising most rapidly in major cities; the capital Tokyo has seen a three-degree increase over the past century.

“Guerrilla Rainstorms” Assault Tokyo

Sudden, localized summer downpours, known as “guerrilla rainstorms,” have become a recurring problem in Japan. They are particularly prevalent in Tokyo and other large cities, where the “heat island” phenomenon is believed to contribute to their regular occurrence.

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