Phone services remain limited in typhoon-hit areas

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.

KDDI says users are having trouble receiving calls in 37 municipalities in Chiba Prefecture, two in Ibaraki Prefecture, three in Shizuoka Prefecture and one in Tokyo.

SoftBank reports poor phone connectivity in 26 municipalities in Chiba Prefecture, three municipalities in Shizuoka Prefecture and one in Tokyo.

The carriers have deployed mobile antennas and mobile power supply vehicles.

They're also offering a disaster message board service on the Internet.

NTT East says about 102,000 fixed phone lines and 70,000 Internet connections across wide areas of Chiba Prefecture remain out of order. The company is allowing free calls from about 7,000 public phones throughout the prefecture.