Winds batter Japan as typhoon Trami heads towards Tokyo

Joint Typhoon Warning Center map of Typhoon Trami's projected path

A powerful typhoon pummelled Japan's southern island of Okinawa Saturday, injuring at least five, as weather officials warned the storm would rip through the Japanese archipelago over the weekend.

"So far, there are no reports of injuries or casualties among the estimated 4,760-strong Filipino community in Okinawa and Wakayama Prefectures and Shikoku Islands", it added.

A woman in her 60s was missing in Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan, after she was washed away in a paddy irrigation channel, according to NHK.

Typhoon Trami lost some strength after making landfall near Tanabe City, 450km southwest of Tokyo, earlier in the evening, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency to downgrade it to a "strong" typhoon from an "extremely strong" one.

Typhoon Trami, the 24th of the season, shut down critical transport infrastructure and caused widespread damage across the country.

More than 300,000 households have suffered power outages in southern Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, said public NHK television, adding almost 50 people had been injured in Okinawa and Kagoshima.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka in western Japan said it had opened its runways as scheduled at 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Sunday), after being closed since 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

Bullet trains and rail lines from western Japan through to Tokyo were shut down as a precaution on Sunday but were up and running again on Monday morning.

In July, heavy rain in western Japan killed 221 people, setting off landslides and flooding.

Western regions are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century in early September.

The island's main carrier, China Air Lines (CAL), was canceling Sunday's flights CI156/157 and CI172/173 between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kansai, flights CI166/167 between Kaohsiung and Kansai, and flights 178/179 between Taoyuan and Takamatsu, according to the Apple Daily.

Also in September, a magnitude 6.6 quake rocked the northern island of Hokkaido, sparking landslides and leaving more than 40 people dead.

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