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Residents in Japan's Saitama prefecture brace for Neoguri

Typhoon Neoguri has battered many parts of Japan, dumping heavy rain and whipping up strong winds. Residents in a suburb of Tokyo are bracing themselves for the approaching storm.

SAITAMA: Typhoon Neoguri has battered many parts of Japan, dumping heavy rain and whipping up strong winds.

Despite having lost some intensity, the Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon will continue to bring heavy rains and violent winds, especially when it reaches Tokyo early Friday.

In a large housing complex in Saitama prefecture's Kawaguchi city, a suburb of Tokyo, residents have held a meeting to manage the approaching storm.

An interpretation was provided in Chinese during the meeting, as the number of Chinese residents has increased over the years.

But the Japanese and Chinese residents have not been on friendly terms.

The meeting to prepare for the typhoon has presented an opportunity for the community to come together and discuss how best to manage the potential effects of the approaching storm, and future natural disasters.

A Japanese resident said: "There are problems among the Chinese, and of course some Japanese too. You should try to leave personal issues out in the hallway.”

But some Chinese residents are not taking these warnings seriously.

One of them said: "I lived in Fujian province (in China). There are many typhoons. Typhoons for me are just a normal thing."

But Saburo Yokoo, a Japanese resident, is not taking any chances. He has started to clear the flower pots and tables from his balcony.

He hopes his Chinese neighbours will follow suit.

The typhoon may have been weakened, but there is still a possibility of danger. Even before the typhoon hit, many areas had been suffering from flash floods and landslides due to the rainy season.  

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