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Tokyo and Cities Along Coast of Japan

35.6N 139.6E

April 14th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – April 8th, 2013

Japanese cities such as Tokyo (right) appear as grey areas along the coast, flanked by green vegetation and mountain ranges. In order to deal with climate change, particularly related to increased temperatures and air pollution, Tokyo is preparing to force industry to make big cuts in greenhouse gases, taking the lead in a country struggling to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations. The capital city has Japan’s first emissions cap system, reducing greenhouse gas emission by a total of 25 percent by 2020 from the 2000 level.

China Dust Spreads to Japan – March 19th, 2013

38.8N 119.7E

March 19th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

China – March 9th, 2013

Beijing’s air quality deteriorated again as a sandstorm and thick smog added to the problem. The smog and dust also reached across the Bohai Gulf to the Korean Peninsula and then to Japan. Tokyo was blanketed with dust that darkened the skies, rapidly decreasing visibility as dry dust particles whirled through the air.

Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by a sudden cold front, and was not linked with the suffocating pollution that hung over the Chinese capital Beijing last winter. Japan and other regional countries, however, have voiced concern about the impact of airborne pollution drifting from their influential neighbor.

The toxic haze that periodically blankets parts of China has been blamed on emissions from coal burning in power stations but also on fumes from vehicles on the traffic-clogged streets of the world’s largest largest auto market.

Cities of Nagoya and Tokyo by Bays in Japan – October 23rd, 2012

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Japan – October 21st, 2012

The cities of Nagoya and Tokyo can be observed as large grey expanses spreading inland from bays on the coast of Japan. Nagoya (left) is located by Ise Bay, which has an average depth of 19.5 metres and a maximum depth of 30 metres. Tokyo (right) is located by Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo Bay region is both the most populous and largest industrialized area in Japan

Tropical Storm Maria (23W) Southeast of Japan – October 18th, 2012

25.3N 134.5E

October 18th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Maria (23W) – October 16th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Maria (23W) - October 18th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 23W

Tropical Storm Maria (23W), located approximately 575 nm east-southeast of Tokyo, Japan, has tracked east-northeastward at 20 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 15 feet. Here, the system can be seen southeast of Japan (visible at the top edge) and northeast of Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) (visible in the lower left corner).

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) South of Japan

23.0N 128.2E

October 13th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) – October 13th, 2012

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Track of Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) - October 10th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 22W

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W), located approximately 350 nm south-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, has tracked northeastward at 03 knots over the past six hours. Maximumsignificant wave height is 38 feet.