Mie Residents Remember Deadly Isewan Typhoon 60 Years Ago

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Yokkaichi, Mie Pref., Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--A memorial ceremony was held in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of a typhoon that left more than 5,000 people dead or missing, mainly in Mie and neighboring Aichi Prefecture.

The so-called Isewan (Ise Bay) typhoon made landfall at Cape Shionomisaki in Wakayama Prefecture, west of Mie, on Sept. 26, 1959, and swept through the Kii Peninsula while causing record tidal waves in the bay.

In Mie alone, 1,281 people died or went missing, while 5,688 others were injured. Economic damage was estimated to reach 180 billion yen.

"I promise to protect the people of this prefecture by learning lessons from the Isewan typhoon, which made disaster history in Japan," Mie Governor Eikei Suzuki said in the ceremony.

The memorial service, held at a hotel in the city of Yokkaichi, was attended by about 200 people, including survivors of the massive typhoon.

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