Yellow dust from China hits Japan

The season's first yellow dust from mainland China hit wide areas of Japan from Sunday night through Monday, lowering visibility to a degree that could adversely affect traffic, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Visibility fell below 5 kilometers in the cities of Kumamoto and Nagasaki and less than 10 km in the cities of Tottori, Matsuyama, Fukuoka and Naha, all in western and southwestern Japan, agency officials said. Weather agency officials said the yellow dust was observed in all the prefectures of the Kyushu-Okinawa, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kinki regions, as well as in Mie, Aichi, Gifu, Fukui, Ishikawa and Fukushima prefectures.