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Top 25 JAPAN Forward Reader’s Favorites of 2019: 5-1



Thanks to you, our dear readers, JAPAN Forward reached new milestones in monthly and daily readerships in 2019.
Millions of users around the world followed our breaking news coverage; got their sports and entertainment updates from us; made culture and lifestyle discoveries alongside our writers; and gained insights into political, security, economic, and historical issues courtesy of our contributing analysts.


From stories of the samurai spirit of Fukushima, to the heartbreaking disasters that changed Japan, and of course, technological advances that excited all of us, our 2019 JAPAN Forward Top 25 highlights the stories that best gave readers a unique understanding of the real issues, real voices, and the real Japan in 2019.


This article highlights the last set of five, numbers 5 to 1 of the most popular articles of 2019.


25 - 21 | 20 - 16 | 15 - 11 | 10 - 6 | 5 - 1


5 PHOTOS: Metro Tokyo as Typhoon Hagibis Approaches, October 12



Tokyo and its surrounding areas — Kanagawa, Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma, Nagano, Yamanashi, Shizuoka — were bettered by heavy downpour and winds Saturday, October 12, as Typhoon Hagibis passed through the region. 


The typhoon, which meteorologists warned could bring damage “which many haven’t experienced in their lifetime,” was expected to make landfall in Fukushima on Sunday morning, October 13. 


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4 [Hidden Wonders of Japan] Osaka's Colorful 'Neutram' Trains


Like little toys straight out of a picture book, these colorful trains looked so out of place that I couldn’t resist taking a picture of them.


After rush hour one morning, in a railyard next to Nakafuto Station, trains pulled in one after another before being perfectly lined up against each other in Suminoe District, Osaka City.



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3 DRUM TAO: Traditional Taiko Band Finds A Home in Tokyo — and the World


Traditional taiko drums and state-of-the-art visuals have been combined in the show, which seems to suit foreigners’ tastes. “We want to make Tokyo like Broadway — a place where people from all over the world come to enjoy Japanese stage art,” said DRUM TAO stage director Ikuo Fujitaka.


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2 Japan Braces for What Could Be Strongest Typhoon in 51 Years



Super Typhoon Hagibis — the Philippine name for the 19th significant weather disturbance this season — hit East and Central Japan on the evening of Saturday, October 12 with record-breaking rain and wind. 


It was potentially the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 51 years, warned the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) in a press conference Friday morning, October 11, saying it is “comparable to Typhoon Ida in 1958, which killed more than 1,200 people.”


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1 JR East's New Shinkansen Set to Reach 360 kph


On May 16, JR East unveiled to the media the next generation of the Shinkansen, Japan’s state-of-the-art bullet trains. The new series ALFA-X was presented in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan, and is set to start operation in April 2030.


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