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Natural disasters

Japan scraps first fleet review including China over typhoon

Deadly storm cancels naval event drawing vessels from India and US

The Chinese guided-missile destroyer Taiyuan was slated to participate in the Japanese multinational fleet review.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has canceled its first fleet review of the new Reiwa era as the Self-Defense Forces support areas of the country battered by Typhoon Hagibis.

"Regrettably, in light of the current circumstances, we are canceling" the event, Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Sunday. The deadly storm brought torrential rains to the Tokyo region, causing rivers to flood and disrupting power and transit systems.

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