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Typhoon drenches Japan on general election day

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:24

Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were cancelled and train services were disrupted on Sunday as a typhoon roared towards the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on a national election day. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate their homes on Sunday (October 22), just as the country goes to the polls for a snap general election. Hundreds of flights have been canceled and train services disrupted as Category 4 Typhoon Lan roars toward the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. And while it's lessened slightly from its peak, there are fears that it could still pound parts of Japan. More than 70,000 households in various parts of the country were advised to evacuate, with more than 5,000 ordered to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying he had called on the government to take steps as early as possible to minimize any threats to people's lives. Abe will be hoping that the weather conditions won't hinder voter turnout in the general election too much. His Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition is on track to roughly match the two-thirds "super majority" it held in parliament's lower house before dissolution. A hefty victory would raise the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012 promising to bolster defense and reboot the economy, will win a third term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan's longest-serving premier. The election's final result is expected early on Monday morning.

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Typhoon drenches Japan on general election day

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:24