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Full economic impact of Japan typhoon still unknown 2 weeks later

Factories forced to cut production as power outages persist

A pile of rubble and a damaged house in Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Authorities are finally starting to grasp the damage to homes and factories from the powerful typhoon that slammed into Japan two weeks ago, but with some areas still without power, no one knows the full extent of the economic loss.

Roughly 3,000 homes still did not have power in Chiba Prefecture, which neighbors Tokyo to the east, as of Sunday night, according to Tepco Power Grid. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings unit says it aims to bring the lights back on in most of those homes by Friday.

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