Typhoon 21 “Jebi” made landfall in Tokushima Prefecture in Southwest Japan on 4 September, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure. Multiple casualties and fatalities have been reported. Evacuation orders were also issued in some areas of Kansai. As of 5 September 2018, Kansai International Airport in Osaka has been closed and all flights have been cancelled until further notice. Several local trains and bullet trains (Shinkansen) have also been affected, and delays or service disruption are to be expected. Torrential rain has also caused temporary power outages in several areas in Kansai and Shikoku. Meanwhile, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has lifted its earlier weather warnings for the Hokkaido and Kanto regions.
In view of the situation caused by Typhoon 21 “Jebi” in Japan, Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to Osaka during this period. Singaporeans in the affected areas are advised to remain calm, take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, monitor the local news closely and heed the instructions of the local authorities. Singaporeans should check with your airlines or tour operators for up-to-date flight schedules, and may wish to consider alternative transport arrangements, including flights out of nearby airports such as the Kobe Airport.
Singaporeans travelling to Japan are encouraged to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/. You are also advised to stay in touch with family and friends so that they know you are safe, and purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage. Those in need of consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore – Tokyo
5-12-3- Roppongi Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
Tel: +81-3-35869111, 81-3-35869112 / +81-90-32084122 (24 hours)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855