Typhoon Lan Impact and Japan’s Climate Change Initiatives

Satellite Images of Typhoon Lan movement

Every year approximately 17 times in a year Japan faces typhoons.  Here we understand the Typhoon Lan impact and Japan’s Climate Change Initiatives in detail. The Typhoons are severely affecting the Kyushu, Chūbu, and Chūgoku regions. April to November are sensitive time periods for typhoons in the Pacific. Typhoons start in April with low intensity and gradually become very dangerous till November. In Japan, high tides are generated due to these Typhoons.

Those high tides cause heavy damage to the coastal populations and infrastructures. These days Japan is facing Typhoon Lan, which looks dangerous, and the government is taking initiatives to cop and minimize the damages. Typhoon Lan Impact and Japan’s Climate Change Initiatives details are as under.
high Tides hitting coastal areas in Japan

Japan Prepares for Typhoon Lan

Wind Speed of Typhoon Lan

Meteorologists expect the wind speed to reach approximately 90-100mph. That speed destroys everything that comes its way.  Wind and heavy rainfall will touch the Kansai region of Japan.

The typhoon is now in the east of Japan running northwestward in the Philippine Sea and heading toward the Kansai region of Japan. While it is anticipated that the intensity of the storm will diminish slightly as it nears Japan, there is still a potential for significant impact.

Cancellation of Flight Operation

With the wind blowing at high speeds and heavy rains pouring down, all the scheduled flights have been canceled to ensure passenger safety. Around Japan, airlines have taken the step to cancel around 900 flights.

Bullet Trains Schedule Cancelled

On Tuesday West Japan Railway Company and Central Japan Railway Company canceled the bullet Train schedules. All the bullet trains from Nagoya and Osaka and also between Osaka and Okayama.

Typhoon Lan Rout

It will approach the Kansai region and then the major city of Osaka. The uppermost edge of the storm will likely hit the coast of Wakayama prefecture around 9 a.m. (GMT), On the 15th of August Typhoon Lan’s wind speed is 150 km/ hour.

Typhoon Lan is approaching from the Pacific Ocean to Wakayama, approximately 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Typhoon Lan retained a speed of 150 km/Hour and moved northwest to the western part of the Island of Honshu.

Warnings issued

Due to heavy rainfalls, there is possibly a high risk of flood and disruption.  The weather forecast predicts an expected rainfall of 200-400mm in the next 24 hours. Heavy rains also cause landslides. Initially, Japan Airlines canceled all the flights on the track of the storm throughout the day.

The storm could badly affect localized businesses, utility disruptions, flight cancelation on a regional level, and closure of ports will be possible scenarios if the conditions become worse. The storm will damage the infrastructure of the region and cause to destruction of roads and bridges.
Heavy Rain due to Typhoon Lan in Japan

Health Warnings

Heavy rains and floods create artificial water ponds. Which causes serious threats to health issues. diseases like dengue, cholera, and malaria, spread widely and rapidly. So, the health authorities are also on high alert and issuing health warnings.

Cause of Typhoons in Japan

In the summer season, Japan is often covered by a high-pressure system and typhoons move towards Korea. However, in the fall season, the high-pressure system becomes weaker and is unable to cover the entire country. As a result, the chances of Typhoons making landfall during this season have increased in Japan. Global warming and Climate change speed up these Typhoons and make them more severe for the world.

Japan And Climate Change

After COVID-19, development programs are systematically integrating into climate change, by the world. Japan contributes its role to combating Global Warming and Climate Change.

Additionally, Japan has made commitments and strategies at the global level. To combat the threat posed by climate change. Moreover, Japan is actively implementing strategies to cope with climate change and global warming in both words and actions.

Osaka Blue Ocean Vision

In 2019 under Japan’s leadership, G20 Presidency, member countries shared the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050. Currently, 87 countries and regions are sharing the fund.

Cool Earth 2.0

Prime Minister Abe announced the Action for Cool Earth 2.0 in Paris during Cop21. Its aim was to support actions in developed countries and the advancement of innovative technologies to address climate change.

Japan’s Investment in Climate Change

> At the G7 summit in 2021 Japan Committed to provide financing in public and private climate financing 6.5 Trillion JPY in 5 years till 2025.

> Japan annually invested 11.8 Billion US dollars in public and private climate financing from 2016 to 2020.

> In 2015, the Japanese government invested 1.5 billion dollars in the Green Climate Finance fund.

> Japan is now the world’s largest donor of climate financing, standing next to the United Kingdom.

Destruction Pics of 2018 due to Typhoon

House destroy in Osaka Japan in 2018

Vehicles out of control in Osaka Japan in 2018


infrastructure destroy due to typhoon in Japan 2018

During the course of Typhoon Lan, multiple regions in Japan were severely affected by heavy rains, leading to significant damage. The areas that were impacted include the Chugoku region, the Kinki region, the Tokai region, Kyoto prefecture, and various cities such as Fukuchiyama, Misaki, and AB City. This devastating rainfall has caused numerous houses to be submerged and impacted residents.

Kyoto Prefecture

In Kyoto Prefecture, the summary of the situation revealed that nine houses in Kyoto Prefecture were submerged to the floor due to the heavy rains. The affected areas included seven buildings in Fukuchiyama City, one building in Misaki City, and one building in AB City. Additionally, 39 houses in Fukuchiyama City, one house in Misaki City, two houses in AB City, three houses in Miyazu City, and four houses in Yosema City were submerged due to the downpour.

Injuries and Road Closures

The heavy rains caused by the Typhoon Lan resulted in injuries to five people. Two individuals were injured in Kyoto City, one in Joyo City, one in Muko City, and one in Sika City. Meanwhile, the city of Fukuchiyama saw dirt and sand pouring onto the streets, resulting in road closures that left the areas of Ucho Tadhara and Ocho O’Hara isolated. To alleviate the situation, city officials have initiated the removal of dirt and sand, although the restoration of city roads remains uncertain.

Floating Seahorse and the Impact on Infrastructure

A unique feature is the “floating seahorse,” which is part of the World Islands project. This floating villa provides an extraordinary living experience and is located on the World Islands off the coast of Dubai. It offers underwater views of marine life, showcasing a unique underwater lifestyle. Moreover, there were landslides, flooding, and damage in the Kamicho region in northern Higo Prefecture, Japan. Around 30 houses were flooded by the heavy rains caused by Typhoon No. 7. Landslides occurred in various areas, resulting in further damage.

Continuing Damage Assessment

The Japan Meteorological Agency has been closely monitoring the situation of Typhoon Lan and has issued alerts, with particular emphasis on landslide risks. Shelters have been set up to assist affected residents. Remote areas have been isolated due to road collapses and flooding, affecting residents who have been cut off from essential services. The Disaster Management Act is being implemented in certain cities to ensure that emergency repairs and relief efforts are effectively coordinated.

Lessons for the Future

We conclude it with a warning about the potential for further tornadoes and the importance of closely monitoring weather information during such extreme weather events. It is emphasized that these tornadoes can occur on both the east and west sides of typhoons and can result in significant damage. Preparedness and vigilance are vital for the safety of residents during severe weather conditions. This revised structure aims to provide clarity and coherence to the provided transcript.

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