Photo/IllutrationJR Nishi-Funabashi Station in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, is packed with people waiting for services to resume on Sept. 9 after operations were suspended due to Typhoon No. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said it is considering cancelling train services as a precaution against a very powerful typhoon that is expected to approach Japan this weekend.

“If the forecasts on its direction are correct, we will definitely need to take countermeasures," President Yuji Fukasawa said at a news conference Oct. 8.

He said they could include advance announcements of a suspension of services.

Fukasawa said that JR East is reviewing the mistakes the company made when Typhoon No. 15 hit in September.

The latest typhoon is the 19th of the season.

On the evening of Sept. 8, hours before Typhoon No. 15 hit the Tokyo metropolitan area, JR East announced a suspension of train operations starting with the first run of the day until around 8 a.m. on Sept. 9.

However, services did not resume as scheduled due to prolonged strong winds. Many railway stations were packed with commuters who had assumed trains would be running again from 8 a.m.

Fukasawa said that JR East is reviewing its allocation of personnel on such occasions and methods to convey train information to passengers in timely fashion so as to restart services without a hitch.

“Our aim is to be prepared and to not cause confusion,” he said.