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北海道の大地震が電力不足を誘発【Large earthquake in Hokkaido triggers power shortage】

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido last Thursday triggered a massive blackout across the region. Power was restored to nearly all customers within two days, but the trade minister called on the island’s businesses and residents to save energy.

恒例の土用の丑の日にウナギのかば焼きや代替品【People eat grilled eels or substitutes on annual Day of Ox】

People in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on the midsummer Day of the Ox, which fell on Friday this year, following an old saying that consuming the dish on that day helps in coping with the heat. Retailers also promoted mackerel and other foods as substitutes amid soaring prices for the endangered fish.

熱波が日本を覆う【Heat wave covers Japan】

After one of the worst natural disasters in Japan’s recent history, a heat wave covered the nation on Sunday. At least three people died and more than 2,000 others were taken to hospitals, with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius.

強力な地震が大阪を揺るがし、5人が死亡【Powerful earthquake rocks Osaka, killing 5】

A strong earthquake with a seismic intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, leaving five people dead and many homes without water or gas. A concrete wall collapsed and killed a 9-year-old girl on her way to elementary school.

指が1本の登山家が8度目のエベレスト挑戦で死亡【One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt】

An accomplished Japanese climber, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during his eighth attempt to scale Mount Everest. The 35-year-old alpinist was found dead in a tent by Sherpas, a Nepalese government official said.

「チバニアン」が地質年代を表す見通しに 【”Chibanian” likely to represent geological age】

A Japanese national research institute said on Monday that a geological period from 126,000 to 770,000 years ago will soon be called “Chibanian.” The name is based on a stratum discovered in Chiba Prefecture.

「目が痛い」の検索が日食後に急上昇【Google searches for “my eyes hurt” surge after solar eclipse】

Many Americans may have looked directly at the sun during the total solar eclipse without safety glasses on Monday. Searches for the phrase “my eyes hurt” peaked on Google right after the event.

トランプ氏がパリ協定から米国を離脱へ【Trump to withdraw US from Paris accord】

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change, which he views as an obstacle to his goal of creating jobs and promoting economic growth in his country.

日本がポテチの品薄に直面【Japan facing potato chip shortage】

Japan is facing a potato chip shortage after violent typhoons hit the northern island of Hokkaido last year, leading to panic buying from consumers and inflated prices on auction websites.

国立競技場の2つのデザインを公表【Two designs for Tokyo National Stadium disclosed】

The Japan Sports Council disclosed on Monday two competing designs for the new National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Both of them use wood as a structural element.

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