Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election

Passers-by with umbrellas struggle against strong winds in addition to also heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone, in Tokyo October 6, 2014.

Issei Kato | Reuters

Passers-by with umbrellas struggle against strong winds in addition to also heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone, in Tokyo October 6, 2014.

Heavy rain in addition to also powerful winds are supposed to lash large areas of Japan on Sunday as a strong typhoon sweeps ashore, possibly hindering voter turnout in a national election.

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 website.

By midday, which was south of South Borodino Island, east of Okinawa, in addition to also moving northeast at 15 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

which will be supposed to weaken to a Category 1 typhoon as which nears the Tokyo metropolitan area on Monday morning, Tropical Storm Risk said.

Authorities in Okinawa in addition to also 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, in addition to also bad weather could deter some voters.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition will be on track to roughly match the two-thirds “super majority” which held in parliament’s lower house before dissolution, helped by divisions inside opposition camp in addition to also jitters over North Korea’s nuclear in addition to also missile programmes, media forecasts have said.

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