Railway employees assist stranded passengers at the Hakata Shinkansen station in the city of Fukuoka. Photo: AFP

Japan braces for powerful storm as Typhoon Krosa threatens to disrupt peak holiday period

  • Dozens of flights and train services have been cancelled – Cathay Pacific said ‘flight operations remain normal but the situation is subject to change’
  • At the other extreme, an estimated 12,751 people were rushed to hospitals due to heat-related conditions over the past week, including 23 who died
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Railway employees assist stranded passengers at the Hakata Shinkansen station in the city of Fukuoka. Photo: AFP
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A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain in Miyakonojo City. Photo: AP

Japan’s worst summer ever: how grey skies and economic concerns have rained on holidaymakers’ parade

  • Japan’s beaches, parks and swimming pools would normally be packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine, but not this year
  • The average Japanese household plans to spend just over 68,000 yen (US$631) on summer holidays – that’s 16,000 yen less than last year
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A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain in Miyakonojo City. Photo: AP
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