Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election - http://ctlive.info | cape town south africa vacationOctober 21, 2017 5:22 am
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Typhoon Lan was classified as an intense Category 4 storm on Saturday, with winds of up to 250 km/h (156 mph), according to the Tropical Storm Risk web site.
By midday, it was south of South Borodino Island, east of Okinawa, and moving northeast at 15 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Authorities in Okinawa and Hyogo prefectures have moved voting ahead a day for some remote islands as the storm neared, media said.
Saturday marked the last day of campaigning for the parliament’s lower house seats, and bad weather could deter some voters.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s 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, helped by divisions in the opposition camp and jitters over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, media forecasts have said.
Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Kim Coghill