Japan is considering the timing and duration of a plan to send its Self-Defense Forces to help secure Japanese shipping in Middle East waters.
The National Security Council on Friday decided against joining a US-initiated international coalition to escort vessels in the region. Officials decided Japan will take its own steps to ensure safety of related vessels.
East Japan Railway Company says it will start suspending services on some train lines in the Greater Tokyo area and Shizuoka Prefecture from 9 a.m. on Saturday due to Typhoon Hagibis.
The company also says it will reduce the number of Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Hokuriku and Joetsu Shinkansen bullet trains departing after 11 a.m., and will suspend all services later in the day.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will consider various factors before deciding how to respond to a US-led mission to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz.
Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government will examine what kind of actions are effective for safe navigation of vessels related to Japan in the region.
The leaders of Japan and Turkey say they will work together to bring about stability in the Middle East, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program increase.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tokyo on Monday, after they attended the G20 summit in Osaka over the weekend.
Sony Mobile has been retrenching from a number of smartphone markets over the last couple of years, in an effort to save costs, as it battles relevancy in a cutthroat industry, with fast-moving competitors. It is clear that the main focus of Sony's smartphone endeavours are now Japan, Europe and China/Taiwan, at the expense of most other regions. Sony might still be selling their Xperia smartphones in places like the United States, but not with the same push as seen in the above regions.
NHK has learned that former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn paid nearly 50 million dollars to two Nissan dealers in the Middle East from the automaker's CEO reserve, which Ghosn could use at his discretion.
Ghosn has been detained since November, when he was arrested on suspicion of understating his executive compensation in Nissan securities reports.