TOKYO -- Japan is bracing for powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Friday, a month after a strong storm pummeled the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and causing massive power outages.
Two rugby World Cup matches scheduled for Saturday have been canceled because of the expected impact of Hagibis, organizers said.
The typhoon could also affect the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix this weekend at Suzuka. Qualifying has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, F1 officials said, and all events canceled Saturday at the Suzuka Circuit.
Airline operators have already decided to cancel more than 1,100 flights on Saturday, the Tokyo-based Aviation Wire reported, as the storm is forecast to make landfall in eastern Japan.
Many train services, including high-speed bullet train services, will be canceled in the Tokyo metropolitan area on Saturday, operators said.
As of 9 a.m. (0000 GMT), Hagibis was about 410 kilometers (254 miles) west of Chichi Jima Island, traveling north-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (15 miles per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 180 km/h and gusts of 252 km/h, according to the agency.
A month ago, Typhoon Faxai pounded eastern Japan, including Tokyo, leaving one dead and about 130 injured. In Chiba prefecture, thousands of households had lost electricity and water supply for two weeks.
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