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Voting moved up on some islands for election due to typhoon

October 21, 2017

TOKYO- Voting has been moved up on some islands for Sunday's general election in Japan as a powerful typhoon is approaching the country.

A total of 19 municipalities decided to advance the voting by one to two days on remote islands due to possible disruption in maritime transportation services because of Typhoon Lan, according to a Jiji Press survey.

The municipalities include the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and the city of Sukumo in the western prefecture of Kochi.

Voters in some areas of Ishinomaki, the city of Kushima in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, and the town of Setouchi in Kagoshima Prefecture, also southwestern Japan, cast their ballots on Friday for the election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's parliament.

The 21st typhoon of the year may make landfall on Japan's mainland on Sunday.

Voting is usually moved up on remote islands. Jiji Press