Blackouts to Continue in Some Areas of Typhoon-Hit Chiba

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Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Work to restore electricity may take another week or more in some areas of Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, after they were hit hard by Typhoon Faxai, Japanese industry minister Isshu Sugawara said Friday.

These areas suffered heavy damage, such as fallen trees, after being struck by the 15th typhoon of the year on Monday, Sugawara told a press conference. Electricity will be restored in a day or two in other areas of the prefecture, he added.

As of 6 p.m. Friday (9 a.m. GMT), 185,000 households in the prefecture were still without electricity.

Sugawara said the number of power company personnel engaged in restoration work was boosted to 16,000 from 11,000.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed ministers to ensure that electricity will be fully restored at an early date. Sugawara's ministry set up a task force to address the blackouts.

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