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Culture & Living, Japan


A strong earthquake struck wide areas of north-eastern and eastern Japan on Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The agency said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9:19 am (GMT 0019), and was centred off Torishima, 600 kilometres south of Tokyo, at a depth of 400 kilometres.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there were no abnormalities at its damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.


A magnitude-6 earthquake jolted wide areas of north-eastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries, dead or damage.

The agency said the quake struck at 12:29 pm (GMT 0328) and was centred off the Miyagi prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres.


A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck eastern Japan Monday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning, dpa reported.

The epicentre of the 4:23 pm (0723 GMT) quake was in northern Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, with a depth of 10 kilometres, the agency said.


A highway tunnel collapsed in central Japan Sunday, leaving two people injured and at least seven missing while a fire broke out inside, dpa reported.

Three vehicles were trapped inside the 4.7-kilometer Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Two cars were crushed in the tunnel in Otsuki, about 80 kilometres west of Tokyo, after the 20-centimetre-thick ceiling collapsed in one section, Kyodo said.

One injured woman told rescue workers she had escaped from a car in which six people were traveling, Kyodo reported.


A powerful typhoon was moving closer to southern Japanese islands Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of high waves, strong winds and heavy rains, dpa reported.

Stormy weather travelling ahead of Typhoon Jelawat, the 17th of this season, had already enveloped Ishigaki Island, the agency said.

As of 2 pm (0500 GMT), Jelawat was 130 kilometres south of Ishigaki island, travelling north-northeast at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour (kph), the agency said.

The typhoon is feared to hit Okinawa Island Saturday, the agency said.


A powerful typhoon slammed into the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power outages in widespread areas, as authorities warned of winds, high waves and mudslides in the region, dpa reported according to news reports said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven, the 15th of the season, passed over Okinawa Sunday night, bringing downpours and strong winds. Seven people suffered storm-related injuries on the island and in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu island to the north, broadcaster NHK reported.


A magnitude-6 earthquake jolted northern Japan early Thursday, dpa reported referring to the country's Meteorological Agency.

No immediate casualties or damage were reported. No tsunami warning was issued.

The quake occurred at 0:02 am (1502 GMT Wednesday) with an epicentre off the east coast of Aomori prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres, the agency said.

No new damage was reported at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said. The plant went into meltdown after it was struck by the March 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami.


Japan's weather agency on Tuesday urged people to prepare for disruptions in public transportation caused by strong winds that slashed wide parts of western Japan and affected Tokyo, Xinhua reported.

The gusts had disrupted operations of flights and train services in western Japan in the morning. Japan Airlines said it had canceled 160 flights, while All Nippon Airways said 83 flight cancellations had been made due to the strong winds.


A magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolted the southern Japanese island of Okinawa Tuesday, but no damage or injuries were reported, and no tsunami warning issued, the Meteorological Agency said, DPA reported.

The quake occurred at 11:59 am (0259 GMT) with its epicentre north-west of the island at a depth of 220 kilometres, the agency said.

On March 11, a magnitude-9 quake and tsunami struck the nation's north-east, killing more than 15,800 people and leaving around 3,700 missing.


Former Japan defender Naoki Matsuda died on Thursday in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during training two days earlier, his club Matsumoto Yamaga said dpa reported

The club said in a statement on their website that Matsuda died in the early afternoon.

Matsuda, 34, collapsed after a warm-up training run on Tuesday from a suspected heart attack. He did not respond to artificial respiration efforts on the training ground and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in hospital did also not save him.