Typhoon downgraded as it passes by Japan

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan's weather agency downgraded Typhoon Rammasun on Tuesday as it passed over Pacific waters off Tokyo after generating hours of strong winds and waves.

Rammasun, which means "god of thunder" in Thai, was churning winds up to 83 kilometres (52 miles) per hour off Tokyo Bay by late afternoon, significantly weaker from a day earlier when its gusts reached 180 kph.

The season's second typhoon was downgraded to an extra-tropical depression. It was moving east-northeast at 35 kilometres an hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon came 10 days after a devastating cyclone hit Myanmar. The military-ruled country says 62,000 people are dead or missing.