Miyakojima region hit by gusts of Typhoon Talim

Meteorological Agency officials say Typhoon Talim was spotted 180 kilometers north-northwest of Miyako Island, and was proceeding north-northwest at 15 kilometers an hour as of 6 AM on Thursday.

The typhoon has a central atmospheric pressure of 940 hectopascals. The Sakishima islands in Okinawa, which are within the storm zone, are expected to experience gusts of wind till early Thursday.

Before 7 PM on Wednesday, a maximum wind speed of over 180 kilometers an hour was recorded at Shimojishima Airport on Miyako Island.

Waves of up to 9 meters are expected near the Sakishima islands.

Miyakojima city on Miyako Island had more than 500 millimeters of rain within the past 24 hours, more than double the norm for September, prompting alerts over mudslides. The Meteorological Agency says the city has been suffering from the heaviest rainfall in 50 years.

The agency is calling on residents to be on the alert against gusts, high waves, and mudslides. Residents are being advised not to leave their homes.

Advisories of high tide, lightning, and gusts, including tornadoes, have also been issued.

Talim is expected to gradually take an easterly course, and approach western and eastern Japan over the 3-day weekend beginning on Saturday.

The typhoon has left nearly 20,000 houses, or more than 80 percent of the households in Miyakojima City, without power as of 5 AM on Thursday.

A hotel in the city said rooms are without air conditioning, much to the discomfort of its guests.

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Emperor Akihito has harvested rice at a paddy field in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, as part of an annual event. (NHK)

The city of Kyoto will propose collecting a minimum 200 yen per night tax on guests staying at hotels or other lodgings in the popular tourist area, municipal officials said Wednesday. (Japan Today)

Japan’s Board of Audit has found that no Japanese-made parts were used in state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets, violating a contract with the United States. (NHK)

Toshiba has decided to re-engage US private-equity firm Bain Capital as the preferred bidder in the sale of its chip unit. (NHK)

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Hyogo Prefectural Police have launched a manhunt after a shooting incident in Kobe left a man believed to be a bodyguard of the boss of a rival gang to the Yamaguchi-gumi dead, likely the result of a yakuza feud, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

Aichi Prefectural Police on Monday arrested the chairman of the key affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi and five others in the extortion of a restaurant in Nagoya’s Naka Ward, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)

Saga Prefectural Police have arrested a male government official for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman for two hours at a park in Saga City earlier this year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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