Japan May Designate Typhoon Faxai as Severe Disaster

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Kyonan, Chiba Pref., Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering designating Typhoon Faxai as an extremely severe disaster warranting additional state support for affected areas, a senior official said Monday.

"We've gathered all information available to consider whether to designate (the typhoon) as an extremely severe disaster," Ryota Takeda, disaster management minister, told reporters after inspecting typhoon damage in Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture.

The 15th typhoon of the year made landfall in the Kanto region, including Chiba and Tokyo, on Sept. 9. Kyonan is among the heavily damaged municipalities.

"We'll also discuss assistance from various angles," Takeda said.

Also on Monday, the Environment Ministry made an abrupt announcement that Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi would visit Chiba within the day.

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