Stores, Factories Closing as Very Powerful Typhoon Approaches

Economy Society

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Stores and factories are shortening business hours or suspending operations as very powerful Typhoon Hagibis is forecast to make landfall in central or eastern areas of Japan's Honshu main island on Saturday.

Supermarket chain Ito-Yokado Co.'s all 124 outlets in Tokyo and seven prefectures--Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gifu, Shizuoka and Aichi--will be closed throughout Saturday, due to concerns over the safety of customers and employees.

It is the first time for the company, under the wing of Seven & i Holdings Co. <3382>, to decide on such suspensions in advance.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. will halt operations at bases including its truck plant in Kawasaki in Kanagawa, south of Tokyo, from 8 a.m. Saturday (11 p.m. Friday GMT) through 5 a.m. Sunday.

Automaker Subaru Corp. <7270> will shorten Saturday's operating hours at its plant in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan.

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