Typhoon Hagibis: Death Toll Escalates in Japan’s Worst Storm in 60 Years

At least 35 people have been killed in a devastating typhoon that hit Japan this weekend. Many others are missing. This is considered to be Japan’s most severe storm in the last 60 years. The typhoon hit shortly before 9 PM local time on the Izu Peninsula in southwestern Tokyo. It is now moving along the east coast of Japan’s main island. The wind speed of this storm has reached a maximum of 225 kilometers per hour.

UN General Assembly: Macron Plays Matchmaker, Trump Offers to Mediate

French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to arrange a meeting between the US and Iranian leaders continued in New York on Tuesday. Hassan Rouhani described Mr. Macron’s efforts to lift US sanctions against Iran as a success, but Donald Trump said in a speech at the UN General Assembly that sanctions would not be lifted as long as Iran’s threatening behavior continues. Mr. Macron first met with Mr. Rouhani on Monday night. He said on Tuesday evening that Mr. Rouhani was accompanying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with the British Prime Minister.

The Development of Human Organs in Animals Authorized in Japan

Japanese scientists will begin to try to make human organs in animals after receiving permission from the government for the first time in Japan’s history to conduct such studies. This controversial area of ​​research consists of implanting human stem cells called “iPS” in modified animal embryos. The stem cells are capable of producing any type of cell according to the part of the body in which they are implanted and can thus form the basis for the creation of a particular organ.

Japan-Korea Trade Dispute Could Affect World Economy

The Japanese government cabinet has decided to exclude Korea from the list of “white countries” that can receive preferential treatment in trade control. As a result, the fierce confrontation between Japan and Korea becomes even more serious. The decree takes effect on August 28th. Korea is subjected to new export restrictions. The Japanese side explained that the decision was due to the lack of an export control system in Korea and security concerns.

North Korea Fires Missiles – Landed in Japan Sea

The North Korean government said Friday the missiles launched yesterday are new tactical weapons designed to send a “solemn warning” to South Korea to stop importing armaments and conducting joint military exercises with the United States. The launch of two short-range missiles on Thursday was the first since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met last month in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

Japan’s “Honest Abe” Wins Upper House Elections – Loses Constitutional Majority

Japan’s ruling center-right coalition retained control in upper house elections on Sunday, but lost seats in the process.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats took the worst of it, losing more than a dozen seats.  His junior coalition partners, the Komeito Party, and allied Japan Innovation Party actually made small gains.  Abe remains well-positioned to deal with several domestic and foreign policy issues before his House of Representatives comes up again in 2021.  However, his forces lost their two-thirds majority in the House of Councillors, scuttling a debate, for now, on the role of the military in pacifist Japan.

Japanese Style Anime is Different; Is it Taking Over American Pop Culture?

First off, what is anime. Anime is simply animation created in a specific style that originated in Japan. The majority of anime are based off graphic novels called manga. Manga is similar to comics with a few differences. In regards to anime’s presence in America, it still can’t be considered mainstream, and is still not viewed in high regards by the majority of society. Despite this, there is no doubt in my mind that anime will become a major part of American Pop Culture.