Four people were killed and 17 were missing after Hagibis, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades, paralysed the capital Tokyo, flooded rivers and put millions under evacuation warning before it plowed up the northeastern coast.
High-speed and regular trains headed south of Tokyo were largely back in service Sunday, with trains to the north due to resume service in the early evening.
Typhoon Hagibis weakened to a tropical depression as it continued to move across central Japan on Sunday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 140 injured in its wake.
Among them was a man in his 60s who was found in a flooded apartment in Kawasaki, it said.
At the prime minister's office, the government held a meeting of its major disaster management headquarters, during which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "People's lives should come first and foremost".
Attention focused on Fukushima, where Tokyo Electric Power Co overnight reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Daiichi nuclear plant, which was crippled by the 2011 natural disaster and tsunami.
The cancellation was a blow for the northern town of Kamaishi, whose hosting of World Cup games was a potent symbol of recovery from a 2011 tsunami disaster when it was almost wiped off the map.
A photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter, October 13, 2019, shows houses in Nagano, central Japan, submerged after the Chikuma River overflowed due to Typhoon Hagibis. This included some who flew helicopters to rescue people stranded on their roofs in municipalities that had experienced severe flooding like Nagano, according to the AP. "There have been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium and along access roads to the venue following torrential rain throughout the night", the statement said. The storm was coming ashore as a 5.7-magnitude quake struck off the coast of neighboring Chiba prefecture. "We had been dealing with it by sandbagging, but water started overflowing in parts of the area", land ministry official Shuya Nakamura told AFP.
Some 260 people in an old people's home called "King's Garden" were stranded due to the water reaching nearly the level of the roof.
"Unprecedented heavy rain has been seen in cities, towns and villages for which the emergency warning was issued", JMA forecaster Yasushi Kajiwara told a press briefing.
While I am now in Tokyo w/ part of the SK delegation to ensure scheduled commitments were maintained, part of the official delegation departed Japan early for South Korea in anticipation of the potential impacts of #TyphoonHagibis on the trade mission travel schedule.
This will add to fears of a repeat of the weeks-long power outages suffered after another typhoon hit east of Tokyo last month.
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines grounded most domestic and worldwide flights at the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya airports.
Some 4.2 million residents in 10 Japanese prefectures, including Tokyo Metropolis, have been ordered to evacuate. "We are to enhance the scale of operation depending on necessity". "I'm scared to think about when we will have run out of diapers and milk".
The destruction forced the Rugby World Cup to cancel a third tournament match, though a key Japan-Scotland fixture was ruled safe to play. Two matches were canceled on Saturday. In addition to the Japan-Scotland game, matches pitting the USA against Tonga and Wales versus Uruguay went ahead, organizers said.