People Rush to Stock Up on Food for Looming Typhoon

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--People in Japan, especially in the Kanto eastern and Tokai central regions, rushed to supermarkets and hardware stores on Friday to stock up on emergency food and other item as very powerful Typhoon Hagibis was approaching the country.

Some lodging facilities in tourist sites, which had anticipated strong demand during the three-day weekend through Monday, were forced to close.

"Sales of pot noodles were three to four times those on any other day," said an official of supermarket operator Life Corp. <8194>, which runs about 120 outlets in the greater Tokyo area. Customers also bought perishables, including meat and fish, for the three-day weekend, the official said.

An outlet of major drug store operator Sugi Holdings Co. <7649> in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, stocked on more instant noodle products, batteries and other items than usual, at the direction of the company's headquarters.

Bottled water quickly disappeared from the store's shelves, after massive water supply disruptions happened in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, last month due to damage caused by Typhoon Faxai.

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