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Typhoon Faxai kills three, wreaks havoc on Tokyo transport system台風15号で3人死亡、首都圏の交通網に大きな影響

Commuters wait for train platforms to open at Shinjuku Station on Sept. 9 in Tokyo.© AP
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A powerful typhoon hit the Kanto region early on Sept. 9, killing at least three people and injuring about 40 as well as affecting hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters in the metropolitan area at the start of the week.

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) had suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo area as Typhoon Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba shortly before 5 a.m. as one of the strongest typhoons on record in the Kanto region.

A woman in her 50s in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, was confirmed dead after a security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall, according to police.

An 87-year-old man died in Otaki, Chiba Prefecture, after being struck by a tree that fell as he tried to clear storm debris nearby.

At the Yokosuka base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Kanagawa Prefecture, a 47-year-old company employee working to fix a power generation unit was found collapsed and later confirmed dead at a hospital.

The Meteorological Agency had warned that central and eastern Japan, including Tokyo, could see record winds, forcing airlines to cancel flights and major roads to close.

Some 934,900 households in seven prefectures including Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka were temporarily without power during the course of the storm, and some areas, including south of Chiba Prefecture where typhoon damage is extensive, remained powerless as of Sept. 11. (Kyodo, AFP-Jiji, The Japan Times)

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