Typhoon to Land between Central, Western Japan Sat. Night

Society

Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)--Strong Typhoon Jongdari is forecast to make landfall somewhere between central and western Japan from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday.

The 12th typhoon of the year may rip through western Japan, hit hard by floods and mudslides following torrential rains earlier this month.

To prepare for a possible recurrence of such disasters, the government held a meeting of its disaster response task force at the prime minister's office.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed relevant ministers to take every measure to protect residents from possible flooding and mudslides.

The typhoon traveled near the Ogasawara Islands, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, Friday afternoon, the agency said.

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