Japanese officials say more than 3,000 facilities and structures nationwide could potentially be struck by ships being blown about by a strong wind. At least 360 cases of drifting ships were reported across Japan last year.
The Japan Coast Guard put together a list of such places after a tanker set adrift by a typhoon seriously damaged an access bridge for Kansai Airport in Osaka Bay, western Japan, last September.
The US military and Japan's Self-Defense Forces are searching for 5 American service members off the coast of western Japan. 7 members were on board 2 military planes that collided mid-air Thursday morning, but 2 of them have been rescued.
Japan's Defense Ministry says an FA-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft, both from the US Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station, collided around 100 kilometers south of Cape Muroto in Kochi Prefecture at around 1:40 AM and crashed into waters.