Japan's land ministry says Typhoon Hagibis caused 66 levees to break on 47 rivers around the country and it's focused on flood recovery efforts.
Land Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said: "The ministry is working around the clock on recovery efforts. Building temporary dikes and dealing with flooding is the urgent first step to help people affected by the storm."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has laid out his policies on major issues facing the nation, including the shrinking and aging population and the social security system.
Abe delivered his policy speech at the opening of an extraordinary Diet session on Friday. It's the first since he reshuffled his Cabinet last month.
Leaders and representatives from over 50 African countries are in Japan for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, known as TICAD. Thursday's discussion focused on one of the biggest hurdles hampering economic and social development... access to healthcare.
One idea that generated attention was providing universal health coverage, which would provide care to people regardless of financial circumstances.
Thursday marks two weeks since a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio. A possible connection between the suspect, Shinji Aoba, and the animation firm has emerged. It will likely take more time to establish his motive, as he is being treated in an intensive care unit for severe burns.
When Shinji Aoba was captured by police on July 18, he reportedly yelled something about the studio stealing the plot of his novel.
A committee investigating the faulty statistics survey of Japan's labor ministry is focused on whether there was systematic involvement in misconduct or cover-ups.
The labor ministry was supposed to cover all large businesses in Tokyo for its monthly statistics report on wages and hours, but was found to have been surveying only a fraction of them.