Typhoon Talim heading for Japan’s Kyushu region

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 PM Thursday, Talim was about 260 kilometers west-northwest of Kume Island, Okinawa Prefecture.

The typhoon has a central atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals and wind of up to 180 kilometers per hour near its center.

Waves 6 to 7 meters high are expected to continue along the coasts of Okinawa and the Amami region on Friday.

Amami is predicted to have up to 200 millimeters of rain through Friday evening. Southern parts of Kyushu, one of the country’s main islands, are expected to receive up to 180 millimeters.

Talim is expected to gradually change its direction to the east and approach Kyushu on Saturday and afterward, maintaining its strength. It could later move over the Japanese archipelago.

Weather officials are warning of mudslides, flooding, violent winds, high waves, and lightning.

Typhoon Talim is slowly moving north along the coast of Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The very strong typhoon is likely to intensify winds and rain in Japan’s southwestern areas through Friday. (NHK)

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)

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)

The Japanese government has revised its wording of alert messages sent out when a foreign missile is launched in Japan’s direction. (NHK)

Osaka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation into Keisuke Koide over an alleged “inappropriate relationship” with a girl under the age of 18, the details of which appeared in a weekly magazine last month, reports Nippon News Network (July 13). (tokyoreporter.com)

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