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.

Japan has issued a shelter in place after North Korea fired another missile late Thursday, according to Japanese and South Korean news reports. (marketwatch.com)

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)

A North Korean government panel threatened to sink Japan into the sea with a nuclear bomb, accusing it of taking part in U.S. efforts for the adoption of the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Pyongyang, the Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday. (Jiji)

A very strong typhoon is moving in a northerly direction along the coast of Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)

Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido is recalling about 400,000 eyeliner sticks. Officials at the firm say plastic splinters have been found in some items. (NHK)

A 3-year-old girl from Tokyo who ate deli food believed to be linked to a series of infection cases involving the highly toxic E. coli O-157 bacteria has died. (NHK)

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)

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