Typhoon Mitag approaching Sakishima Islands
NHK -- Sep 30
Typhoon Mitag is expected to move close to the Sakishima Islands in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa on Monday.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency says that as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Mitag was moving northwest over waters east of the Philippines at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon is packing winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour.

Mitag is expected to gain strength while approaching the Sakishima Islands on Monday, causing violent winds and rough seas in coastal areas.

A maximum wind speed of 144 kilometers an hour is expected in the Yaeyama Islands, 90 kilometers per hour on Miyako Island and 64 kilometers per hour on Okinawa's main island, with gusts of between 108 and 216 kilometers per hour.

Waves as high as 10 meters are expected along the coast of the Sakishima Islands on Monday.

Rain clouds around the typhoon are expected to bring heavy rain of about 80 millimeters per hour to the Sakishima Island on Monday.

Mitag is expected to approach western Japan on Wednesday.

Weather officials are warning of flooding in low-lying areas, violent winds, high waves, swollen rivers, thunderstorms and tornados.

News source: NHK
Feb 18
Japan's health ministry says 99 more people on board the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess have tested positive for the new coronavirus. (NHK)
Feb 18
As Japan ramps up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, one of the largest sporting events in the nation will be curtailed, with participation in the Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners and wheelchair competitors, organizers said Monday. (Japan Times)
Feb 18
Visitors to Kyoto have plummeted, prompting a new series of ads showing sites like the Arashiyama bamboo forest totally devoid of people. (soranews24.com)
Feb 18
Popular boy band Arashi is calling off a concert scheduled for this spring in Beijing due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, their agent said. (Japan Times)
Feb 17
Americans began leaving a quarantined cruise ship in Japan on Monday to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. (Japan Times)
Feb 17
The coronavirus outbreak remains at an initial stage in Japan, an expert panel under the health ministry said Sunday, choosing not to raise the country's alert level that would have allowed for a more aggressive response. (Nikkei)
Feb 17
As Japan grapples with the expanding new coronavirus outbreak, six more people — five in Tokyo and another in Aichi Prefecture — tested positive Sunday for the deadly virus, local authorities said. (Japan Times)
Feb 17
Japan invented the zombie company: a once proud and innovative name that has lost its way and staggers from one crisis to another. But has Asia's second biggest economy now created the zombie privatization? (Nikkei)
Feb 17
The number of new coronavirus infections among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo has risen by 70 to 355, the government said Sunday, while more domestic cases were also reported and experts warned the situation could worsen. (Kyodo)
Feb 17
The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet stands at 41.0 percent, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, down 8.3 points from the previous poll in January and marking the sharpest fall in nearly two years amid yet another cronyism scandal. (Kyodo)