weather

Mount Fuji can't find its white winter cap
Hardly any snow is visible on the southeastern side of Mount Fuji on Jan. 13. The bright white near the foot of the mountain is from ski slopes covered in artificial snow. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
On Mount Fuji, the white is not in sight--and for locals that just ain't right.
Eastern Japan basks in warmest December yet
Girls skate in a spring-like weather at the foot of Tokyo Skytree in the capital's Sumida Ward on Jan. 4, when the temperature rose to 15.2 degrees. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Eastern Japan experienced the hottest December on record, while unusually warm weather hit many other parts of the nation during the winter month, the Japan Meteorological...
Eastern Japan enjoys unseasonally balmy weather after high winds,...
Walkers doff their coats as the mercury rises in central Tokyo on Dec. 11. (Takayuki Kakuno)
Temperatures shot up to unseasonably high levels in eastern Japan on Dec. 11 after the area was pulverized by strong winds and rain.
Forecast helps beauty conscious protect skin against the elements
The “beauty skin forecast” website predicts skin condition in seven categories for each prefecture. (Naoko Murai)
While the daily weather forecast influences what women choose to wear, a new “beauty skin forecast” will allow them to choose the right protection for their skin.
VOX POPULI: Whether weather is good makes all the difference
Under a clear autumn sky, large festival floats line up in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on Oct. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The expression "Nihon bare" translates literally as "perfect Japanese weather." It can be used year round, but I'd say the most appropriate season is autumn when the sky is...
Typhoon threatens China after 10 dead or missing in Taiwan
A street corner is filled with a mangled rooftop brought down by strong winds from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 8. (AP Photo)
TAIPEI--Typhoon Soudelor barreled toward mainland China on Aug. 8 after downing trees, traffic lights and power lines in Taiwan, where at least six people were killed, four...
Weather service offered online to get climbers to register routes...
The Japan Mountain Guides Association's website, "Yama to Shizen Network Compass" (Provided by the Japan Mountain Guides Association)
As a disaster-preparedness step, the Japan Mountain Guides Association began providing real-time weather information on July 25 to encourage climbers to register their names...
PHOTO: Himawari orbiter snaps images of storm's eye, 'yellow dust' ...
A photo of Typhoon No. 4 taken by the Himawari-8 weather satellite on March 31 (Provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency)
The Himawari weather satellite captured vivid images of the eye of a typhoon and massive cumulonimbus cloud formations in photos released April 16 by the Japan Meteorological...
VOX POPULI: Freakish weather has become commonplace and we need to ...
Amid heavy rain, Self-Defense Forces members and firefighters continue their search at the site of a major mudslide disaster in Hiroshima’s Asa-Minami Ward on Aug. 24. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese often describe extravagant spending as going through money “like water.” This expression, however, can be understood only by people lucky enough to live in a place ...
Massive typhoon No. 11 kills 3, injures 60; suspected tornado...
A junior high school building, which accommodated evacuees, was flooded by the swollen Nakagawa river in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, on Aug. 10. (Motofumi Watanabe)
Powerful typhoon No. 11 was downgraded into an extratropical depression on the morning of Aug. 11 after lashing Japan with heavy rain and wind, leaving three people dead, 60...
U.N. panel: Reduce greenhouse gases or suffer catastrophic effects
A downpour flooded houses in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, in September 2013. An increase in greenhouse gas emissions could lead to cataclysmic environmental changes, a U.N. panel draft report says. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Greenhouse gases must be cut 40 to 70 percent within 36 years to prevent cataclysmic environmental changes, according to a U.N. panel’s draft report that urges an immediate...
Japan set to launch next-generation weather satellite
Two whitish boxes of different sizes hold radar devices to be mounted on the global precipitation measurement (GPM) satellite and are designed to send and receive radio waves at different frequencies. Each box contains 128 antennas. (Provided by JAXA)
Japan is set to launch a satellite that will provide more accurate global forecasts of extreme weather and climate change.
Eastern Japan still reeling from massive snowstorm, entire areas...
The weight of heavy snow caused a greenhouse to collapse in the Katsunuma-cho district of Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Feb. 17. (Hiroshi Kawai)
Last weekend’s snowfall, the heaviest to blanket eastern Japan in decades, is still causing havoc in some areas as thousands remain isolated, expressways and public transport ...
19 dead, towns stranded after snowstorm hits eastern Japan
Vehicles are stuck on National Route No. 18 in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on Feb. 17. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
At least 19 people died after a weekend snowstorm in eastern Japan damaged buildings, stranded thousands of train passengers and motorists and cut off supply routes for entire...
VOX POPULI: Snow may be a letter from heaven, but please be careful
Pedestrians in Tokyo gingerly cross the snowy street in front of Shinjuku Station on Feb. 8, during a winter storm. (Sayuri Ide)
Japanese have an affinity for "go-shichi-cho" (five-and-seven-syllable) sentences, the cadence of which is set by repeating words of five syllables and those of seven syllables ...
Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...
VOX POPULI: Blue autumn skies do not always usher in tranquility
Rescue workers resume searching on Oct. 27 for those missing due to Typhoon No. 26 on the island of Izu-Oshima as the weather improves. Two more typhoons passed the island after the tragic event Oct. 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Not all fighting is ugly. “Arasou” (Fighting) is the title of a poem by Hiroshi Yoshino: “Look up to the blue sky/ Blue is fighting/ That jostling is what makes...
PHOTO: Rare lunar rainbow appears in Gunma night sky
A lunar rainbow in the night sky over Takayama, Gunma Prefecture, on Oct. 16 (Provided by the Gunma Astronomical Observatory)
TAKAYAMA, Gunma Prefecture--A rare lunar rainbow graced the night sky here for the first time in seven years, the Gunma Astronomical Observatory said.
VOX POPULI: Deadly typhoon brings disaster to island that should...
Islanders walk to safety on a road littered with mud and fallen trees in Oshima on Izu-Oshima island after typhoon No. 26 passed on Oct. 16. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The courses that typhoons approaching Japan follow can be likened to those of bamboo-leaf boats that float on a brook. At first, the craft hangs about near the shore, but once...
Experts deny recent spike of tornadoes is new event
A suspected tornado in Yaita, Tochigi Prefecture, on Sept. 4 (Provided by a reader)
Wet and warm southerly air currents created tornado-prone conditions over Tochigi Prefecture on Sept. 4, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.