Typhoon kills 9 in Japan, Kansai airport flooded

Typhoon kills 9 in Japan, Kansai airport flooded

Typhoon kills 9 in Japan, Kansai airport flooded

Toshiba Memory, the world's second-largest maker of flash memory chips, was monitoring developments closely and may need to ship products from other airports if Kansai remains closed, a spokeswoman said. At least eight people died and scores were injured.

Popular Osaka amusement park Universal Studios Japan also remained closed Wednesday - the first time it's been closed for two consecutive days since it opened in March 2001 - as the park operator worked to fix damaged caused by the storm.

Japan began on Wednesday to clean up after a powerful typhoon killed 11 people, injured hundreds and stranded thousands at a flooded airport, though when the airport in an industrial and tourist hub might reopen was not clear.

A man in his 70s died apparently after being blown to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture.

Channel News Asia reported that more than a million households were left without power by the storm, and evacuation advisories were issued for almost 1.2 million people, though only another 16,000 were under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

21 approached, railway operators and airlines canceled operations and flights in central and western areas of the country, while the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) urged people in the storm's path to remain vigilant against strong winds, high waves and torrential rain.

On Wednesday morning, a boat service was ferrying people from the airport to nearby Kobe, the transport ministry official said.

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Coast Guard spokesman Keita Sakai said an 89-meter-long tanker, the Houunmaru, had been pushed by the strong typhoon winds from its anchorage at sea into the bridge connecting Kansai Airport with the mainland.

Television footage showed high waves crashing into breakers and debris flying through the air in areas where the storm first made landfall. Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Hiroshima were suspended and Universal Studios Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.

Video captured in Kyoto shows the glass ceiling of Kyoto Station breaking or partially collapsing, sending chunks of glass falling toward commuters below. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a scheduled trip to Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, to oversee the government's response to the typhoon, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

In the hours before the storm made landfall, Shikoku, one of four Japanese main islands, was already experiencing "violent storms and the storms will get stronger and stronger", he added.

Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.

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