One of the most powerful storms of the year is forecast to make landfall in Japan on Saturday. Typhoon Hagibis is expected to bring record-breaking rain and winds to the Tokai and Kanto regions, including Tokyo.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says that the large and very strong typhoon is on a northerly path over the Pacific south of the main island of Honshu.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described his new Cabinet as one that will offer stability, while new ministers provide the energy needed to take on challenges. In a news conference, he specifically cited imminent issues in foreign relations.
He said, "I asked Mr. Motegi to assume the post of foreign minister. He will continue to take charge of trade negotiations with the United States, which are in the final stage. He led the difficult negotiations on TPP 11 to a conclusion. His solid diplomatic skill is highly evaluated internationally. I want him to further enhance Japan's diplomacy, including more proactive economic diplomacy."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have agreed to seek the conclusion and signing of a trade deal at a bilateral summit next month.
The two leaders met twice for talks in France on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit. It is unusual for the two leaders to meet twice in such a short period of time.
With Japan's consumption of green tea in steady decline, a new breed of casual cafe specializing in the traditional brew aims to reverse the trend by introducing customers to a wide variety of brands, as well as unconventional serving methods.
Customers including visitors from overseas and young Japanese are able to learn about green tea and perhaps find a new favorite variety at such cafes.
Lexus USA pokes fun at pure-electric vehicles in their latest hybrid commercial:
It's all well and good to show how the benefits of hybrids over pure electric, though I wonder at the reasoning behind taking such a contrary opinion. Range-anxiety is a very real thing, but the technology is only going to get better — in fact, parent company Toyota has accelerated their EV development and plan to have an EV on sale by 2020.