Typhoon Lingling pummels Okinawan islands
NHK -- Sep 06
Powerful typhoon Lingling is moving north near the main island of Japan's subtropical Okinawa Prefecture. It has already pummeled Miyakojima and nearby islands, leaving about 20,000 households without power.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Lingling was over waters 180 kilometers west-northwest of Kumejima island as of 4 a.m. on Friday. Kumejima is west of the main island of Okinawa.

The typhoon is packing winds up to 162 kilometers an hour near its center.

Weather officials are warning of storm surge near Kumejima, as well as waves 9 meters high. Waves are expected to reach 8 meters near Okinawa Island.

Fifty millimeters of rain an hour is expected on the main island.

In Miyakojima City, 80 percent of homes are still affected by a blackout. Authorities lifted an evacuation advisory at around 2 a.m. as the typhoon passed.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Faxai is located over Pacific waters far southeast of Tokyo. It is expected to gain strength as it moves northwest toward Japan's main island of Honshu.

Faxai is expected to approach the Ogasawara Island on Saturday and Pacific coastal areas of Honshu from Sunday to Monday.

News source: NHK
Oct 29
Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday travelers from Japan will be exempted from the U.S. state's mandatory 14-day quarantine, starting Nov. 6, if they test negative for the novel coronavirus at designated hospitals within 72 hours prior to arrival. (Kyodo)
Oct 29
The Japanese government is considering extending its domestic travel subsidy program beyond late January to continue support for the tourism sector amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Oct 28
Nature lovers on Tuesday morning took in the brilliant red foliage reflected in Tsutanuma pond, a famed spot to view fall colors in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori, under restricted conditions to prevent crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
Oct 27
The complete renovation of Kansai International Airport in western Japan will be delayed by more than a year but the facility is still on track to expand its annual passenger capacity by over 30 percent to around 44 million a year in time for the 2025 Osaka Exposition, the airport operator said Monday. (Kyodo)
Oct 26
Cruise ships are resuming domestic operations after long service suspensions caused by the novel coronavirus crisis. (Japan Times)
Oct 25
I’m on my way to Kochi and I thought I’d take you from departures to the gate! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Oct 24
Japan Airlines Co. began offering discounted coronavirus tests to travelers Friday after teaming up with a medical institution in Tokyo, in a bid to ease concerns about infections and encourage customers to travel amid the pandemic. (Kyodo)
Oct 24
The pass costs 12,000 Yen and is valid for 3 consecutive days. Children 6 to 12 are half price. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Oct 24
When a train crossing meets an 18 meter tall Buddha statue 150 meters away, the scene comes together to make a very unique image. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Oct 24
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched its own travel subsidy program Friday, offering Tokyoites discounts of Y5,000 per person for a one-night stay costing ¥6,000 or more at hotels and inns in the capital. ()
Oct 23
The Japanese government is considering an exemption of coronavirus-related quarantine requirements for business travelers entering the country for short stays of up to 72 hours. (NHK)
Oct 23
A coronavirus testing center will open next month at Narita Airport near Tokyo, enabling departing travelers to obtain a negative test result certificate within two hours, the operators said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Oct 23
The mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward has asked people to refrain from coming to the district to celebrate Halloween this year, to prevent spreading of the coronavirus. (NHK)
Oct 22
East Japan Railway Co. said Wednesday it will bring forward last train departure times on 17 lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area by up to some 40 minutes from next spring, as late-night passengers continue to decline amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
Oct 22
More than 10,000 foreigners were denied entry to Japan last year. It was the first time in 12 years that the number has exceeded this figure. (NHK)
Oct 22
Japan is an incomprehensible country for European minds. Even those who have lived there for more than a dozen years cannot solve all its secrets. ( Top10 videosworld)
Oct 21
The Japanese government's "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign covered 25.18 million domestic overnight stays for about two months since its launch through the end of September, the tourist ministry's preliminary figures showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Oct 19
The annual Sanja Matsuri festival linked to Asakusa Shrine in central Tokyo was held on a smaller scale on Saturday and Sunday after being postponed since May due to the pandemic. (NHK)
Oct 19
Starting on Oct. 1, the government re-included Tokyo in its Go To Travel campaign, a program subsidizing domestic travel that aims to encourage spending and boost an economy suffering the effects of a global pandemic. (Japan Times)
Oct 19
Ameyoko is Tokyo’s most vibrant market dating back to its black market days following the war. (ONLY in JAPAN)