Tropical depression Fifteen is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 16:00 GMT on 5 September.
Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 32.4 N, 128.4 E. Fifteen is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 64 km/h (40 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will postpone the dismantling of the crippled No. 1 unit of its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, as the company has already run into delays, officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea pledged to investigate the abduction of Japanese nationals without regard to the outcome of previous probes. But Pyongyang failed to provide detailed information on abductees. (NHK)
Tokyo prosecutors are searching the house of a former aide to Lower House member Yuko Obuchi over the recent political funds scandal. The scandal drove Obuchi from her post as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister. (NHK)
In spite of a recent fall in organized crime membership, Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Monday released a manga comic to discourage participation in yakuza gangs, reports the Nishi Nippon Shimbun (Oct. 27). (Tokyo Reporter)