INTERNATIONAL

Powerful Typhoon Hits Western Japan

A powerful typhoon killed 10 people in Western Japan, as an airport company started to transfer some 3,000 stranded passengers by boats from a flooded airport.

Jebi, or "Swallow" in Korean, sliced through the country's west, it is the most powerful storm to hit japan in 25 years, and follows heavy rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people this summer.

Thousands of tourists stayed overnight at kansai international airport, the nation's third busiest and an important hub for japanese companies.

Airport officials began transferring people to nearby kobe airport by high-speed boats and buses morning to the relief of the stranded passengers. It was uncertain when the airport would reopen and some roads and train lines in the affected areas were still closed.