Afternoon Coffee: Japan Braces for Another Typhoon, Bezos to Blast Into Space Supply Chain

Japan, already battered by months of extreme weather this year, is facing another typhoon this weekend, the Japan Times reports. Typhoon Trami is expected to hit the southern island of Okinawa Saturday and western Japan on Sunday, with winds speeds topping out at 134 miles per hour. The storm could bring as much as 16 inches of rain, according to the report.

Trami is coming on the heels of another major typhoon, Jebi, which struck western Japan earlier in September. That storm disrupted manufacturing in the region and closed Kansai International Airport, the main international gateway to the region, for weeks.

Blue Origin Wins Engine Contract

Jeff Bezos is not content with merely conquering global business: he wants to conquer space, as well. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Blue Origin, the rocket and space transportation company run by the Amazon founder, has won a contract to provide engines for a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The Pentagon in particular is taking an interest in Blue Origin’s engine manufacturing ambitions, as the U.S. government wants to discontinue its use of Russian-built RD-180 engines and instead use American-made products.

FedEx Blockchain 

Open source blockchain consortium Hyperledger has a new headline member in FedEx, which announced Friday it had joined the initiative, Supply Chain Dive reports. Hyperledger's members have access to "enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases," according to a statement from FedEx. Other current members include Accenture, Airbus, Daimler, IBM and SAP.

Durable Goods 

And finally, an economic update: New orders for U.S.-made capital goods fell in August, dropping 0.5% compared with last month, CNBC reports. The data surprised economists, who had expected a 0.4% rise. While business spending is expected to remain strong through the end of the year, according to the report, rising fears about the effects of escalating trade disputes between the U.S. and China could also knock business confidence.

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