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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.