Typhoons aren't cause for alarm, according to Japanese students attending BYU-Hawaii. Japan experiences typhoon season during the summer and early-autumn months.
Typhoon Trami hit Japan on Sept. 30, and according to CNN Typhoon Kong-rey is expected to hit Oct. 5 through Oct. 6. BYUH students shared their experiences in facing the numerous typhoons each year.
“[Typhoons] happen often in Japan. It’s a very seasonal thing. From June ‘til October is the typhoon season. Just lots of rain. The rest of the year feels pretty calm,” said Dennis Gathright, a junior from Japan studying business management.
According to Gathright, to prepare for typhoons people tie down things. The government has emergency protocols like evacuation zones and shelters. He said, “They have a radar that predicts the directions of the typhoons. It’s a nice heads-up before the storm strikes.”
Gathright and Yuki Nakasuka, a freshman from Japan studying business management, agreed typhoons happen often. They said it doesn’t concern the citizens. Nakasuka said “The main concerns for Japan are actually earthquakes and tsunamis, not typhoons.
“If typhoons were to hit the country, things like schools would shut down. Emergency services would still be available, but the thing about Japan is most people wouldn’t stop working. When that happens, trains stop and people get into traffic. They cannot go home due to the congestion.”
Nozomi Takashima, a freshman from Japan studying human resources said, “Kansai International Airport was flooded during this typhoon (Trami). I actually live near the airport. My family didn’t really say much about the typhoon and they seem fine. I haven’t heard of any other damages besides the airport.
“The transportation system has stopped. People running those businesses probably lost money that day. It’s not like an earthquake where these are damaged on the land. Typhoons come so often, we’re just used to it. [Trami] was kinda strong though.”
According to Nakasuka, some typhoon related problems like landslides can also occur. He said, “We have lots of mountains and hills and they create things like mudslides and landslides. Those are problems that happen rarely during typhoons. It’s kind of surprising to hear about victims. We never see that. Typhoons happen so often, we just don’t care. Nothing really changes.”
Gathright mentioned even though typhoons do not cause much concern for damages, the people still extend a helping hand. He said, “I have done a lot of relief efforts after disasters, and you can just see the drive people have to help one another. The motive is just kindness and love for their fellow neighbors.”
He observed the charity of the people during these relief efforts. He said, “Through these natural disasters, the Japanese people have unity. That really brings the country together during these difficult times. Japan just has a lot of natural disasters, but it really brings the best out of people.”
Nakasuka said he also noticed this sense of unity during natural disasters. He said, “The support from the people during these disasters is really natural. A place that gets hit hard is Okinawa in the south. They always have trouble.”
According to BBC, two deaths were linked to Typhoon Trami.