Japan Daily News - 2023-09-04


Hello and welcome to today’s news from Japan Daily News on September 4th, 2023. In the early hours of September 4th, a collision between two large trucks occurred on National Route 16 in Kashiwa, Chiba. The driver of one of the trucks was critically injured and transported to the hospital in an unconscious state. As a result, the area near the accident site has been closed to traffic since 7 a.m.The warm and humid air flowing into the Kanto, Koshin, and Tohoku regions has brought rain, with some areas experiencing intensifying showers. Late in the evening on September 4th in the Kanto and Koshin regions, and continuing into September 5th in Tohoku, the atmospheric conditions are expected to become unstable, leading to the possibility of severe thunderstorms in localized areas. It is important to be cautious of potential landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, lightning strikes, and gusty winds.On September 4th, the Supreme Court is expected to deliver a verdict on the ongoing legal battle concerning the construction at Henoko in Okinawa, which has been a major focus of the plan to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station. The judgment will determine whether the national government’s directive to the prefectural government, which refused to approve the improvement work on the soft ground in Henoko, was illegal. It is anticipated that the prefectural government’s opposition to the relocation will be confirmed by the court’s decision.Due to a signal malfunction at Uwafuoka Station in Fujimino, Saitama, the suspension of train services on the Tobu Tojo Line has expanded. Since around 7:20 a.m., trains have been suspended in both directions between Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo and Ogawamachi Station in Saitama. There is currently no estimated time for the resumption of services.It has been 12 years since the torrential rain disaster on the Kii Peninsula, which claimed the lives of 88 people and left many missing. In Nachikatsuura Town, Wakayama Prefecture, where 29 people lost their lives, the bereaved families visited the memorial monument to pay their respects to the victims at around 1 a.m., the time when the disaster occurred.In the evening of September 3rd, a mother in her 40s and her 1-year-old daughter were found lying in a pool of blood in their residence in Tatebayashi City, Gunma Prefecture. They were pronounced dead at the hospital. The police are investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide based on the circumstances at the scene.On September 3rd, a 59-year-old man who had gone missing while surfing at a beach in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture, was found dead on the nearby coast on the evening of September 3rd. And now for the weather. Today in Tokyo, the weather will be mostly cloudy with a high of 28°C and a low of 27°C. There is a 97% chance of rain showers throughout the day. And that’s all for today’s news. Thanks for listening to Japan Daily News.