May 30, Tuesday, 2023

1. A large and powerful typhoon is expected to approach the Okinawa region in southwestern Japan from Wednesday, unleashing strong gusts of wind, high waves and heavy rain. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Mawar has been showing sluggish movement over the sea south of Okinawa as of Tuesday afternoon.
2. Japan’s automakers have reported another sharp rise in global production, as supply chains continue to recover from the pandemic. Six of the country’s 8 major carmakers say they shipped more vehicles in April than the same month last year. Toyota Motor says it made about 787,800 new vehicles last month, up 13.8% from the same month last year. That’s a record high for April. Honda’s output grew by 44.5%, while Mazda 21.1% and Mitsubishi 20.6%. Nissan was up 15.8&, and Subaru up 12.8%. 3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suggested that his country will soon launch a full-scale counteroffensive against Russia to win back territory. Ukrainian Air Force officials said on Tuesday that Russian forces launched airstrikes with 31 drones from Monday night to early Tuesday morning. They said 29 were shot down and that most of the airstrikes targeted Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.