Japan's health ministry says more than 24,900 households in Tokyo, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures still remain cut off from water supplies as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sixty-two hospitals are likely to have been hit by the power outage or water shortage. Ministry officials confirmed that 37 are providing treatment and other services as usual, but they have yet to confirm how the other 25 are coping.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai will continue on Wednesday in some areas near Tokyo.
TEPCO Power Grid President Yoshinori Kaneko offered an update early Wednesday on efforts to restore power to more than 448,000 households and businesses in Chiba Prefecture and 6,000 in Kanagawa.
Over half a million households and businesses mainly in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, remain without power one day after Typhoon Faxai struck.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says the outage continues for about 575,000 households and businesses in Chiba and other prefectures in the Kanto region, and Shizuoka Prefecture, as of 6:30 p.m on Tuesday.
Japan will raise its consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in October, though some items will be unaffected by the change. This is causing problems for some smaller retailers who will have to juggle with dual tax rates at the cash register. Technology company NTT Data has a possible remedy for this headache: ditch the cash register entirely.
NTT Data opened an experimental store to test the system in Tokyo.
An expert panel at Japan's health ministry has decided to grant lump-sum payments to 22 people concluded to have been forcibly sterilized without confirmatory records.
A law took effect in April to redress people who were forced, under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law, to lose their reproductive functions because of disabilities or medical conditions. Each person is eligible to receive 3.2 million yen, or nearly 30,000 dollars.