Japan's industry minister Isshu Sugawara has indicated that areas severely flooded by Typhoon Hagibis could remain without electricity for more than a week.
Sugawara told reporters on Tuesday that power companies have reported that it would take a week or so after the waters recede to restore power in those areas.
Japan's top government spokesperson says officials are considering releasing a video of the recent collision between a Fisheries Agency patrol ship and a North Korean fishing boat.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday that the government is considering when and how to release the footage.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Hagibis may bring rough weather to many parts of the country over the upcoming three-day weekend.
The agency says the large and very powerful typhoon is now located over the sea off the Mariana Islands in the West Pacific, and is heading west-north-west. It's expected to gain strength.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono says the missile that North Korea launched on Wednesday is believed to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, or new SLBM. He suggests it could be classified as a medium-range ballistic missile considering its possible range.
Kono spoke to reporters on Thursday after North Korea's state-media reported earlier in the day that the country succeeded in test-firing the Pukguksong-3 SLBM in the Sea of Japan on the previous day. It is believed to have fallen into waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone.
NHK has learned that Pope Francis will likely issue a message calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons during his planned visit to the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
The Vatican announced last month that he will travel to the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his 4-day trip to Japan. His visit starts on November 23.