Japan's highest court is likely to rule against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over a landfill project that is needed for the relocation of a US base there.
The prospect emerged as the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench now says it will issue a ruling on March 26 without holding a hearing. Hearings are needed when the top court reverses lower court rulings.
Japanese health experts say many passengers onboard a quarantined cruise ship were very likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus before authorities asked them to stay in their cabins.
Officials at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases held a news conference on Thursday. They discussed mass infections on the Diamond Princess, which arrived at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, on February 3.
Japan's Geospatial Information Authority says the flooding in a part of Nagano City, central Japan, as a result of Typhoon Hagibis was more than four meters deep at one point.
The authority used aerial pictures and altitude data to estimate the extent of the flooding after the Chikuma and Abukuma rivers burst their banks.