Tokyo, Sept 5: A powerful typhoon ripped through western Japan on Tuesday, leaving at least six dead and many injured, while strong winds and high waves closed Kansai International Airport and caused a ship to smash into a bridge linking the airport with the main island.
The government issued evacuation advisories and cancelled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi made landfall. Japan's Kyodo News service said it was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993.
After passing the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, the typhoon passed near Kobe and moved into the Sea of Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Flights and train services were canceled in the Kinki region and elsewhere, while factories and commercial facilities such as Universal Studios Japan, a popular theme park in Osaka, were closed. UNI