Tornado rips through eastern Japan, injures dozens
nzherald -- Sep 03
A tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan, injuring several dozen people, tearing off roofs and uprooting buildings.

Footage of Koshigaya city, north of Tokyo, from public broadcaster NHK showed a number of homes destroyed, upturned cars, and schools with shattered windows.

A warehouse had been lifted from its foundations and hurled into other buildings.

A total of 63 people were injured and about 110 houses were totally destroyed or partly damaged in Koshigaya and surrounding areas, a spokesman for the Saitama regional police said.

One of the injured was in serious condition with a fractured skull.

An AFP journalist in the city saw roof tiles scattered all over the streets, with locals outside inspecting their battered homes and emergency vehicles at the scene.

Residents were being prevented from re-entering their houses for fear of collapse.

Some electricity poles had been snapped and a number of them had hit houses as they fell, worsening the damage.

Jiji Press agency said seven female students from a local middle school's volleyball and badminton teams were injured when a section of the gymnasium's roof flew off and glass windows were shattered.

3日も突風に十分な注意が必要です。埼玉県などで発生した竜巻とみられる突風による被­害は住宅608棟などに及び、64人が重軽傷を負いました。一夜が明けた現地では、が­れきの撤去作業などが行われています。

Sources: nzherald, ANNnewsCH
Jan 30
UN member nations in the Asia-Pacific region have chosen Japan as their sole candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the next 2-year term. (NHK)
Jan 30
Japan's job availability rose in December to its best level in 22 years while the unemployment rate improved to 3.4 percent, suggesting that companies are willing to hire more workers as corporate profits recover, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jan 30
A deadline set by a militant group for the release of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, has expired late Thursday night Japan Time. (The Japan News)
Jan 29
A Nagoya University student who says she killed an elderly woman found dead in the 19-year-old's apartment has also admitted poisoning a former high school classmate, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jan 29
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday searched a Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Chuo Ward for the alleged sale of drugs to musician Aska, reports TBS News (Jan. 29). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 30
Police in Higashi-Osaka said Friday that a 44-year-old woman attacked a group of elementary school boys walking home from school, injuring some of them. (Japan Today)
Jan 30
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested 11 people who, as part of an organized scam group, call up individuals claiming that they had missed a payment for using a website that is actually free to use. (Japan Today)
Jan 30
Despite being centuries-old, the core traditions of Setsubun can seem as silly as its common English rendering, The Bean-Throwing Festival. (rocketnews24.com)
Jan 29
Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a transvestite on suspicion of swindling money from more than 100 Japanese men. (Japan Times)
Jan 29
Japan's Emperor and Empress have invited former leprosy patients from both Japan and abroad to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jan 29
Paul McCartney, who had to cancel all his concerts in Japan last year due to an illness, announced on his blog Thursday that he will return to Japan for four concerts in April as part of his "Out There" world tour. (Japan Today)
Jan 29
Police have arrested a 67-year-old man for spraying graffiti on cars, concrete walls and other areas in a residential neighborhood of Sapporo in Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
Police have arrested a 19-year-old girl on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman. The girl, who is a student at Nagoya University, was quoted by police as saying she wanted to kill someone and that anyone would do, NTV reported Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
Last week, officers from the Yotsuya Police Station in Tokyo took Takahiro Arimoto, the 44-year-old manager of massage parlor Honey Candle and one other employee into custody for the harmful employment of minors, a violation under the Labor Standards Act. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 28
Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of collapse they pose to the growing number of visitors to the site. (Asahi)