Category - Japan


Southern Japan: 6.2 earthquake – no tsunami

A powerful earthquake has struck southern Japan, causing casualties and collapsed buildings.   According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the quake hit at 9.26 pm and was centered seven miles east from the town of Mashiki in the Kumamoto prefecture.   Initial reports placed the quake at a magnitude 6.4, but this was later downgraded to […]


Japan: Computer glitch causes delays at Haneda for Japan Airlines domestic flights

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A glitch occurred with Japan Airlines’ computer system to calculate the weight balance of aircraft on Friday morning, forcing the major carrier to cancel 46 domestic flights to and from Haneda Airport.   The flight cancellations affected a total of about 6,600 passengers.   The system trouble also caused delays in […]


Central Japan: offshore earthquake – no tsunami or damage

An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 shook a wide swath of central and western Japan on Friday. No tsunami warning was issued, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.   The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake struck at 11:39 a.m. (0239 GMT) off the Pacific coast of Japan […]


Japan: domestic flights delayed due to computer glitch

TOKYO – Major Japanese airports were crammed with thousands of passengers unable to take domestic flights Tuesday due to problems with airline computer systems. The delays began in the morning, with major Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways posting a notice on its website apologizing for delays and cancellations due to a “system malfunction.” The airline […]


Tokyo – Update Typhoon Vongfong – October 8, 2014

TOKYO: A supertyphoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday (Oct 8) The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through the far west of the Pacific Ocean. “Its […]


Japan – Typhoon Halong – August 6, 2014

Halong rapidly intensified this weekend, becoming a super typhoon early Saturday night, local time. Though it has since weakened, Halong is expected to remain a very dangerous typhoon as it approaches Japan later this week. There is currently some wind shear affecting the storm which, if strong enough, typically weakens tropical systems. However, Halong is […]