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Japan Airlines Cancels Flights as Jelawat Passes Through Tokyo

September 30, 2012

Japan Airlines Co. (9201) canceled more domestic flights as typhoon Jelawat passed through Tokyo and tracked near northern Japan, packing winds gusting to 210 kilometers (130 miles) per hour.

The airline decided to cancel 55 domestic flights as of 5 a.m. today, affecting about 7,280 passengers, according to a faxed statement. The typhoon led to flight cancellations at Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways Co. (9202) yesterday, disrupting air traffic for tens of thousands of people.

The storm is expected to reach about 210 kilometers east of Kushiro on the coast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture, around noon local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency’s website. The agency has maintained rain and flood warnings for some northeastern coastal prefectures.

All Nippon said on its website it may cancel flights to Kushiro and Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido today.

While train services in the northeastern Tohoku area are still seeing disruptions, trains in the Kanto area that includes Tokyo resumed normal operations as of 7 a.m., according to East Japan Railway Co.’s website.

The storm left 1 dead and 169 injured as it rolled over Okinawa and continued up the middle of Japan’s main island of Honshu, passing just west of Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK reported. Most bullet train service had returned to normal as the storm headed out to sea off Honshu’s northeast coast, NHK said.

More than 20 people in Okinawa were injured by broken glass due to the typhoon, according to local police.

To contact the reporters on this story: Anna Mukai in Tokyo at amukai1@bloomberg.net;


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