Typhoon Talim approaching Kyushu

The Meteorological Agency says that at 3 PM Friday, Talim was slowly moving north-northeast over the East China Sea.

The typhoon is packing winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour near its center, and more than 90 kilometers per hour within 200 kilometers of the center.

Talim is expected to gradually move eastward and approach the Kyushu region as early as Saturday evening.

Southerly winds due to Talim and a nearby front are already bringing torrential rain and strong winds to southern Kyushu and the Amami Islands.

On Saturday, Talim is expected to bring heavy rain to areas of western and eastern Japan.

Weather officials are warning of mudslides, storms and high waves in wide areas through Monday.

Japan’s Defense Ministry says a ballistic missile fired from North Korea landed in the Pacific Ocean about 2,200 kilometers east of Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday morning. (NHK)

Heavy rain is falling intermittently in southern Kyushu, as very strong typhoon Talim moves toward the western Japanese region. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two male Vietnamese nationals for allegedly stealing at least 200 million yen worth of items from empty homes in the Kanto region, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year’s Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect with sex-reversed genitals. (Jiji)

A 48-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman and seriously injuring her 4-year-old daughter in Osaka Prefecture, investigators said. (Japan Times)

Japan’s space agency has unveiled a new observation satellite designed to allow more accurate predictions of global climate change. (NHK)

The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations, have been stolen. (Jiji)

Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it will launch a high-end large sport-utility vehicle in Japan on Dec. 14. (the-japan-news.com)

Japan is working itself to death. The frequently recurring term karoshi (death from overwork) suggests as much. It’s an indirect rather than a direct cause of death, which makes statistical precision difficult, but, as a rough standard, 80 hours a month of overtime work in the months leading up to a victim’s death from a heart attack or stroke or suicide will back a claim for karoshi compensation. (Japan Today)

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force is supplying fuel to U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) ships in the Sea of Japan, in a sign of deepening co-operation between the allies amid the growing threat from North Korea, a source said. (Japan Today)

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