Ok, I know it's early, but just posting some weather info for Japan!!! Tokyo and the Kanto plain region has water shortages due to the lack of snow pack melt from last winter's less than average season. The snow never penetrated very far from the Sea of Japan coast, so there's not much melt on this side of the mountains. The last few days we've had some thunderstorms. It never ceases to amaze me how these storms develop, not from a frontal system, but just materialising out of the ether, and dropping lots of rain in a short period of time. Here in Yokohama, I headed out for the supermarket in cloudy conditions, and when I came out, I was greeting with humongous amounts of rain. I was soaked just getting out of my car (even with an umbrella)!!!! We had 1.5mm in the few minutes before midday, and 72.5mm from midday to 1:00pm!!!!! It's eased off a bit now, so my guess would be another 10-15mm between 1pm to 2pm. Meanwhile only 10km, they've had no rain at all!!!!