Weekend storms in east and west Japan claimed three lives, the latest being a man who drowned in Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, police said Monday.
According to police, the 29-year-old man was inspecting a rope near a coastal embankment at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when a large wave swept him out to sea, TV Asahi reported. The man, who was a marine products company employee, was pulled from the water by nearby fishermen and taken to hospital for treatment. However, doctors say the man had ingested a large quantity of seawater and pronounced him dead Sunday night.
Two other drowning deaths were reported in Hokkaido and Mie Prefecture. More than 30 others were injured nationwide when they were blown over by strong winds, TV Asahi quoted police as saying.
Storms and strong winds also caused havoc with trains and planes, causing delays and aborted landings. Tokyo Skytree also was affected, closing its observation decks from 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Japan Meteorogical Agency said the unstable weather was caused by two low-pressure systems.