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Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
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Japan hit by heavy rain

Heavy rain bombarded Japan yesterday (August 2nd), causing major disruption to the country’s infrastructure and attractions.

Among the services that were affected by the extreme weather were the shinkansen bullet trains and the Disney theme park.

A decision was made to suspend service on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line between Fukushima and Yonezawa stations in northeastern Japan.

It came from the East Japan Railway Company, under advisement from the Japan Meteorological Agency, due to the torrential rain in the city of Fukushima.

Other areas of the Japanese archipelago affected included the Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, where trains between Mikawaanjo and Gifuhashima stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line stopped operating.

Thunderstorms led to a blackout at the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea amusement parks at around 12pm.

The two attractions, located in Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture to the east of Tokyo, were forced to lead visitors into buildings to ensure their safety.

Prior to the blackout, staff at the parks had already decided to close a number of attractions that are not safe to operate during heavy rain.

By 3pm, however, services returned to normal and visitors could get back to enjoying a day out with family or friends.

The problems are not entirely over, as the weather agency warned that thunderstorms are likely to continue in parts of Japan for the rest of today (August 3rd).

This could lead to landslides, which is an added risk for local people and visitors to the country.