Self-Defense Forces troops, police officers and firefighters started full-scale search operations in the small hours of Thursday in the two prefectures. The operations involved about 7,800 personnel.
A man was found dead in Asakura, Fukuoka, where 24-hour rainfall to 11:40 a.m. Thursday (2:40 a.m. GMT) reached 545.5 millimeters, a record high.
In Hita, Oita, where the 24-hour rainfall to 10:50 a.m. totaled a record 370.0 millimeters, a landslide killed a 45-year-old man and injured two women. Another body was found in a river in the city.
As of noon, one in Asakura and three in the Fukuoka village of Toho were missing, while 15 people in Hita could not be contacted.
Record rainfall lashed the southwestern Japan prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita through Thursday, leaving three people dead and 19 unaccounted for. (Jiji)
Record rainfall has hit parts of the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan.
Japan and the United States at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Wednesday called for tightening sanctions against North Korea, which claimed a successful test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week. (Jiji)
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the Japanese government is doing all it can to rescue people and assess the damage from the downpours in northern Kyushu. (NHK)
Japan’s oldest “love doll” manufacturer wants to strip the sex toys of their seedy image and encourage people to see them as works of art instead. (Japan Times)
Japan’s labor shortage has pushed the number of people changing jobs and employers during their career to its highest level since the global financial crisis, as companies scramble for workers with experience amid a rapidly-aging economy. (Japan Times)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a specialty parlor in Taito Ward that is suspected of employing school girls for prostitution, reports Nikkan Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)
Employees at a garbage facility in Iga City are believed to have shredded 10,000-yen notes buried in a trash pile into hundreds of pieces on Monday, police have revealed, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
The Japanese government said Wednesday it aims to train 10,000 doctors and 12 million people nationwide to support dementia patients by fiscal 2020. (Jiji)
Some 20 pct of bus drivers in Japan are tied to work for 13 hours or more daily, a recent transport ministry survey has shown. (Jiji)