Amazing ‘funnel cloud’ appears over the sky in Japan

Japan is a country known for its natural beauty, but this weekend people in Niigata were treated to a rare display from the heavens that left people awestruck by its mysterious appearance.

The scene was captured on video by a resident and posted on Twitter by Chiba-based weather forecasting company Weathernews, where it received more than 60,000 retweets and over 91,000 likes in just a couple of days.

Funnel clouds are actually made up of condensed water droplets, extending from the base of a cloud and forming its shape when combined with a rotating column of wind. Unlike a tornado, which touches the ground and builds up speed, funnel clouds don’t reach the ground or a water surface.

Nissan Motor says it will recall about 1.2 million vehicles that hadn’t received pre-shipment inspections by qualified workers at all domestic plants. (NHK)

The stunning natural phenomenon looks more like an otherworldly dragon as it’s filmed slowly retreating up to the sky. (

A wild boar created havoc in a peaceful residential area in Nagasaki Prefecture on Sunday, terrifying a man in a wheelchair, biting two pensioners and smashing into both a motorbike and a car, police said. (Japan Times)

A handicapped man was hit and killed by a train after he tumbled from a railway station in Takaishi City on Sunday, reports NHK. (

A Japanese railway company has unveiled a new shinkansen bullet train that it plans to put into service in fiscal 2020. (NHK)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police are hunting for a man who pushed a male commuter from a station platform in Kawasaki City on Sunday, reports TBS News (

The first shipment of Japanese beef to Taiwan in 16 years passed through customs in Taipei on Saturday following the lifting of a ban earlier last month. (Japan Times)

The Bank of Japan’s quarterly survey of large manufacturers shows confidence at its highest level in 10 years. (NHK)

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a dismembered female corpse in a river in Kitakyushu City, reports NHK (

Foreign tourists now can buy sake and other alcoholic beverages tax-free at breweries and distilleries in Japan. (Jiji)

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