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House were ripped open, cars overturned and several people were hospitalised after what is believed to be a rare tornado ripped through a suburb of Tokyo on Monday (September 2).
Japanese media report 'several dozen' people were hospitalised after what seemed like a twister ploughed through Koshigaya and Noda, an hour's drive from central Tokyo.
Thousands of homes were reported to be without power.
Violent wind bursts, some seemingly tornado-like in nature, have been observed in the suburb flatlands surrounding the capital, but rarely have large swathes of residential areas been affected before.
Tokyo tornado brings chaos (0:24)
Sept. 2 - A freak tornado brings chaos to parts of the Japanese capital. Rough cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )