Japan Braces For 'extremely Strong' Typhoon

Japan braces for 'extremely strong' typhoon

One of the most powerful typhoons of the year is barreling toward parts of Japan, including Tokyo. Weather officials say it could dump record amounts of rain. The storm is already battering Chiba Prefecture where violent gusts have torn roofs off homes and left some residents with injuries.

Meteorological Agency officials have classified Typhoon Hagibis as "very strong". The storm is moving northwards over the Pacific towards Japan's main island of Honshu.

Strong Winds Cause Damage In Miyazaki

Strong winds cause damage in Miyazaki

Gusty winds caused by severe tropical storm Tapah have caused damage in the city of Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.

Local fire and police departments have received many phone calls from people saying that windows had been broken by tornado-like winds.

Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Hit Western Japan

Heavy rain, strong winds hit western Japan

People in Kyushu and Shikoku in western Japan are coping with heavy rain and strong winds as a tropical storm passes through the region and heads north.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says typhoon Francisco touched down near Miyazaki City around 5 a.m. It's since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Strong Typhoon Approaching Kyushu

Strong typhoon approaching Kyushu

A strong typhoon is heading for Japan's southwestern Kyushu region.

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, Japanese weather officials say Typhoon Francisco was over waters about 250 kilometers south of Cape Ashizuri of Kochi Prefecture. It was moving west-northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

Subaru Profit Climbs 48% On Strong Crossover Sales In First Quarter

Subaru profit climbs 48% on strong crossover sales in first quarter

TOKYO — Subaru reported a 48% increase in first-quarter operating profit on Monday as global sales grew, led by demand for the Ascent and Forester SUVs in the United States. The smallest of Japan's major automakers posted an operating income of 92.2 billion yen ($870 million) for April-June, versus 62.1 billion yen a year earlier and an average estimate of 65.6 billion yen from eight analysts polled by Refinitiv. Sales in the United States, by far Subaru's biggest market, rose 20%. It accounts for about 60% of Subaru's overall sales. The maker of Legacy sedans and Forester SUV crossovers maintained its forecast for operating income at 260 billion yen for the year to March 2020, up 45% from a year earlier. The previous fiscal year was marred by a string of recalls, production stoppages and inspection improprieties that cut the automaker's earnings in half. Subaru reiterated its annual forecast for global sales of 1.06 million vehicles. It also left unchanged its assumption that the yen will average 110 against the dollar over the course of the fiscal year, versus 111 last year. A stronger currency eats into profits because cars exported from Japan become more expensive and the value of earnings made overseas decreases.

Tropical Depression Could Bring Strong Rain

Tropical depression could bring strong rain

A tropical depression approaching Japan's main islands from the south could bring heavy rain over much of the country.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says rain clouds have developed over the western island of Shikoku as warm, moist air flowed in toward a front lying across the country.

Strong Quake Hits Off Coast Of Northern Japan

Strong quake hits off coast of northern Japan

A magnitude 6.8 quake has struck off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in northern Japan. A strong jolt was felt over wide areas of the region.

Officials say tsunami up to one meter high are expected along the coasts of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa Prefectures.

Toyota, Ram, Nissan Post Strong Sales In May

Toyota, Ram, Nissan post strong sales in May

Major automakers on Monday posted higher U.S. new vehicle sales for May, the first increase for 2019 as a strong economy and upbeat consumer sentiment fueled demand. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV,, Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co Ltd all posted sales gains for May compared with the same month in 2018. U.S. new vehicle sales through April had fallen 3%, fueling expectations of a weaker year for automakers in 2019 than last year. Concerns of a downturn have been further heightened by recent threats from U.S. President Donald Trump that he will impose new tariffs on all Mexican imports. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) reported a 2.1% rise in sales, as demand for both light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks remained strong. The Ram pickup, a major profit-driver for FCA, had a 33% gain in sales versus May 2018. FCA and General Motors Co have both launched redesigned pickup trucks. Ford Motor Co has for decades built the single best-selling truck brand in its F-Series trucks, with the Chevy brand a solid No. 2 and Ram a distant third. But in the first quarter of this year, Ram brand trucks outsold Chevrolet-brand trucks. Both GM and Ford report sales quarterly instead of on a monthly basis. Japanese automaker Toyota posted a 3.2% sales increase, boosted by strong demand for its Camry sedans. Nissan said its sales rose 0.1%, driven by SUV and truck sales. The Japanese automaker's sales in the first fourth months of the year had fallen more than the industry average. Nissan has been heavily reliant on consumer discounts and low-margin fleet sales to boost U.S. demand, but has seen its market share drop since 2016. Honda Motor Co Ltd reported a 4.9% drop in sales for May, driven by declining sedan sales. Passenger car sales in the United States have fallen steadily in the last few years as Americans abandon sedans in favor of larger, more comfortable pickup trucks and SUVs, which are also far more profitable for automakers. U.S. auto sales are expected to be about 16.9 million units in 2019, a 2.5% fall from 2018, according to industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Torrential Rains And Strong Winds Hit Japan

Torrential rains and strong winds hit Japan

Umbrellas have proven to be futile in Japan -- as a fierce band of wet weather pounds the country's Pacific side.

Heavy rain and wind is continuing in and around Tokyo, and other regions north and south of the capital.

Strong Earthquake Hits Western Japan

Strong earthquake hits western Japan

A strong earthquake has hit western Japan. It registered an intensity of 6-minus on the Japanese seismic scale of zero to seven in Nagomimachi Town in Kumamoto Prefecture. There is no danger of tsunami.

Japan's Metrological Agency says the quake occurred at around 6:10 PM on Thursday. It had an estimated magnitude of 5.0.