Weather officials in Japan say a strong typhoon is expected to make landfall in the southern Kyushu region early on Tuesday. It's bringing violent winds to Miyazaki Prefecture and some parts of neighboring Kagoshima Prefecture.
As of 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Meteorological Agency officials say Typhoon Francisco was over waters about 70 kilometers east-southeast of Miyazaki City. It was moving west-northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.
Takizawa Hideaki, who retired from showbiz last year, has been appointed as the president of new company 'Johnny's Island.' This is an affiliated company of Johnny's & Associates, and its chairman is Johnny Kitagawa.
First, there will be a reorganization to popular Johnny's Jr. unit Snow Man, comprised of Iwamoto Hikaru, Fukasawa Tatsuya, Watanabe Shota, Abe Ryohei, Miyadate Ryota, and Sakuma Daisuke. Three members will be added to the unit, who are Kansai Johnny's Jr.'s Mukai Koji, Uchuu Six's Meguro Ren (concurrent), and Johnny's Jr.'s Murakami Makoto Raul. Snow Man is scheduled to perform in 'Takizawa Kabuki ZERO' (April/May) that's directed by Takizawa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says further discussions are needed regarding the sovereignty of two islands that a decades-old declaration says will be handed over to Japan.
Putin spoke to Russian media on Thursday, one day after he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to speed up peace treaty negotiations based on a 1956 joint declaration between the Soviet Union and Japan.
The Japan Coast Guard says a small uninhabited island off the northern prefecture of Hokkaido may have disappeared due to erosion by waves and floating ice.
NHK has learned from coast guard officials that the island named Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, about 500 meters off the village of Sarufutsu in northern Hokkaido, may have vanished.