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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Wikipedia

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 125.8 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Japanese yen

Prime minister: Fumio Kishida

Gross domestic product: 5.065 trillion USD (2019) World Bank

Emperor: Naruhito

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Tropical Storm LAN made its presence felt as it swept over central-western Honshu Island, Japan's largest island, on August 14, persisting into the morning of August 15 (UTC). The storm, which initially arrived as a tropical cyclone, continued its course northward over the Sea of Japan. By August 16 at 0:00 UTC, the storm's center had moved approximately 260 km north of Kyoto Prefecture's coast on central Honshu, with sustained winds clocking in at 83 km/h.

Reports from the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency revealed that the storm's passage had left a trail of damage, including 37 houses in western Japan being damaged and 49 people sustaining injuries. In response to the threat, approximately 182,000 individuals were advised to evacuate or find shelter to ensure their safety.

The impact of Tropical Storm LAN extended to transportation systems as well. On Tuesday, all flights from Chubu, Kansai, and Nagoya airports had to be canceled due to the storm's intensifying conditions. Train services between Nagoya and Okayama also faced disruptions as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

Looking ahead, weather authorities predict that Tropical Storm LAN will continue its trajectory, moving northeastward over the Sea of Japan. The storm is anticipated to pass in close proximity to northern Hokkaido Island in northern Japan on August 17 (UTC), while maintaining its status as a tropical storm. Over the next 24 hours, central and western Honshu Island can expect to experience very heavy rainfall, strong winds, and the threat of storm surges, further heightening concerns for safety and preparedness.

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