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The first nine months of the year saw the fewest number of typhoons approach Japan’s four main islands and Okinawa since the Meteorological Agency began compiling relevant data in 1951, the agency said Friday, attributing the phenomenon partly to the effects of El Nino.

Only one typhoon had come within 300 km of Okinawa’s coastline by the end of September, compared with an average of 5.9 for the same period. At least two typhoons usually threaten Okinawa every year.

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