Typhoon off southern Japan, heavy rain expected nationwide

A slow moving typhoon off Japan’s southern coast is triggering gusts and rain across a large part of the country and could bring heavy rains to the Tokyo region through early next week, though it was not expected to make landfall

Disaster officials, nevertheless, urged residents to take precautions early.

The agency said Chan-hom took a route farther from the Japanese coast than expected and was not expected to make a landfall.

Disaster management minister Hachiro Okonogi urged residents to prepare early for high waves and possible flooding from the storm and avoid non-essential outings.

Dozens of weekend domestic flights in southwestern Japan were canceled.