Detachable sheet defends buildings against flooding during heavy...
A detachable sheet is installed at the entrance to a building to curb water inflow. (Provided by Misawa Homes Co.)
Misawa Homes Co. has developed a sheet that can be installed at the entrance to a building to reduce water inflow during torrential downpours, the company announced.
Huge typhoon covers Kyushu, threatens wide area of Japan
Firefighters in Fukuoka city remove part of a roof that was blown away by Typhoon No. 19 and landed on electrical wires. (Ryo Ikeda)
The most powerful typhoon of the year made landfall on the morning of Oct. 13 and threatened to hammer a wide part of western and eastern Japan over the next 24 hours.
Typhoon No. 18 kills 4, forces thousands to evacuate
Morning commuters slog through the streets of Tokyo’s Shinbashi area on Oct. 6 amid heavy rain brought by Typhoon No. 18. (Wataru Sekita)
Typhoon No. 18 tore through the Kanto region on Oct. 6 after killing at least four people, leaving seven missing and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.
Kyoto's Arashiyama district holds first drill against flooding
A helicopter simulates a rescue of a person on a sandbar during a flood drill in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district on Sept. 16. (Noboru Tomura)
KYOTO--The Arashiyama district here held its first large-scale drill for flooding on Sept. 16, one year after Typhoon No. 18 caused extensive damage in the popular tourist area.
UPDATE: Typhoon kills three, forces thousands to evacuate
Guests of an inn flee the flooding from the Katsuragawa river in Kyoto on Sept. 16. (Noboru Tomura)
Three people were confirmed dead after Typhoon No. 18 drenched much of the main Japanese island on Sept. 16.
Agency says torrential rain sharply increasing, flooding a growing ...
The platform of Tokyo's Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station is submerged after a typhoon in 1993. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It's steadily getting a lot wetter in Japan, and there's more to come.
Manufacturers lighten the load for flood prevention
A single person can easily carry Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.’s new water bar. (Provided by Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.)
Companies have developed lighter water bars and sandbags to mitigate the heavy lifting involved in preventing homes and factories from being flooded in typhoons and downpours.
Soldiers work to rescue flood survivors in India
Indian army soldiers evacuate a stranded pilgrim in Govindghat, India, on June 22. (AP Photo)
GOVINDGHAT, India--Soldiers were working to evacuate tens of thousands of people still stranded on June 22 in northern India where nearly 600 people have been killed in monsoon ...
New car sales top 1 million units for first time in Thailand,...
The new plant of Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Thailand started its operations in October 2012. (Masaaki Shoji)
NEW DELHI--New vehicle sales in both Thailand and Indonesia topped 1 million units for the first time in 2012.
Floods paralyze Indonesian capital, heavy rains continue
A girl uses a swim ring to wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16. Flooding caused by monsoon rains have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in Indonesia's capital. (AP Photo)
JAKARTA--Heavy monsoon rain triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Jan. 17, bringing the city to a halt with many government offices...
Japanese automakers widening production capacity in Thailand
An Isuzu Motors Ltd. plant in Chachoengsao province in eastern Thailand started operations on Oct. 29. (Masaaki Shoji)
CHACHOENGSAO PROVINCE, Thailand--Japanese automakers are increasing production in Thailand as the country has rebounded from devastating floods last year and heightened...
North Korea accepts flood aid offer from rival South
North Korean soldiers try to drive their military truck from a riverbed to a road during operations to help victims of flooding near Songchon County, North Korea on Aug. 13. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Impoverished North Korea has accepted an offer of aid from rival South Korea after devastating summer floods, the South said on Sept. 10, the first time the new...
Vietnam donates rice to flood-stricken North Korea
North Korean President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam, left, shakes hand with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the presidential palace in Hanoi on Aug. 6. (AP Photo)
HANOI -- Vietnam says it will donate 5,000 tons of rice to flood-stricken North Korea.
Flooded North Korea hit by more torrential rain
A rubber boat sails by a flooded building in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, North Korea on July 30. More heavy rain has pounded North Korea, flooding buildings and farmland. (AP Photo)
SEOUL -- Widespread flooding in North Korea appeared to worsen on July 30 after 24 hours of torrential rain hit the impoverished state which even in times of good harvest is...
Severe flooding hits North Korea, kills 88
Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SEOUL -- Severe flooding across North Korea has killed 88 people and left tens of thousands homeless, state media reported late on July 28, threatening to make the...
UPDATE: Waterfall-like rain eases in Japan, but 28 dead
Mopping up operations in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 15 (Wataru Sekita)
Most of the quarter-million people forced to flee massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home by July 16, but weather officials warned the danger had not fully ...
Japanese industry faces obstacles on road to recovery
Representatives of companies distribute earnings reports to media organizations at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on May 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Looming power shortages and the prolonged sovereign debt crisis in Europe are overshadowing corporate Japan’s hopes for a V-shaped earnings recovery for the current fiscal...
Thai minister forecasts 7% economic growth in 2012
Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Thailand's deputy prime minister and finance minister (Kazuo Teranishi)
Thailand’s economy in 2012 will rebound from the severe flooding last year, with a robust 7-percent growth rate “very much seeable,” Thai Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt...
Bangkok's Don Muang airport reopens after flooding
Don Muang Airport in northern Bangkok resembles a lake on Nov. 3, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BANGKOK -- Bangkok's Don Muang airport, which is used by private planes, budget airlines and freight carriers, formally reopened on March 5 after being forced to close in late...
Thai official says floods have not stopped foreign investment
Atchaka Sibunruang, secretary-general of Thailand's Board of Investment, talks to The Asahi Shimbun in Bangkok on Feb. 13. (Masaaki Shoji)
BANGKOK--Japanese investment in Thailand has continued to rise despite last year’s devastating floods, the head of the Thai government’s Board of Investment (BOI) said on...