Flights canceled, trains delayed as snow blankets East Japan
News On Japan via Bloomberg -- Jan 14
Snow delayed train services and disrupted flights in Japan as Tokyo was blanketed by the first snowfall of the season.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a gale and snow advisory for central Tokyo, with seven centimeters (2.8 inches) of snow already fallen in the city, Kenji Okada, a forecaster for the agency, said by phone today. The snow came 11 days later than the average first fall and six days earlier than last year, according to the official.
There were delays of as long as 15 minutes for bullet train services to and from Tokyo, Central Japan Railway Co. (9022) said on its website. Some of the train lines operated by East Japan Railway Co. (9020) have been halted, the company said. Japan's financial markets were closed today for a national holiday.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )