Heavy rainfall is lashing a wide area from western to northeastern Japan.
Weather officials say warm, damp air is moving into a rain front over Japan's main island, while a cold air mass is hovering over the country. They say this has destabilized the atmospheric conditions.
94 millimeters of rain was recorded in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, during the 1-hour period until around 8 AM on Monday.
Radar images show up to 110 millimeters of rain per hour fell in Kagoshima Prefecture at around the same time.
The government had lifted a vehicle ban on National Route 6 through the area where residency is restricted due to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, the first time that stretch of highway has been open to automobiles since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011. (Japan Times)
The number of people aged 65 or older in Japan comes to a record 32.96 million as of Monday, accounting for an all-time high of 25.9 pct of the nation's total population, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimated Sunday. (Jiji Press)
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)