The second day of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, is underway. Thursday's focus is on the biggest hurdles preventing economic growth and social development in many parts of Africa.
The main topic of the session is improving access to basic medical and health services despite widespread poverty.
Tropical storm Krosa has disrupted transport services during the peak summer holiday period in Japan.
Airlines canceled over 800 domestic flights on Thursday. Another 48 flights were axed on Friday morning and flights to and from Tohoku and Hokkaido face disruptions depending on the course of the storm.
Japan's Education Ministry plans to improve Internet services used by isolated schools for remote learning. The effort will kick off in April next year with the goal to narrow the education gap between urban and rural communities.
The ministry already offers online learning at schools on remote islands and in under populated areas. But officials say the connections are unstable and video lectures sometimes get cut off.
Kobukuro's songs are now available on music subscription services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and LINE MUSIC.
The songs that are available include all of their singles from their major debut single "YELL / Bell" as well as songs from nine of their original albums. Others include their collaboration song with Ayaka, "WINDING ROAD," and songs from their cover album "ALL COVERS BEST."