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At least five people were killed or missing after being swept away by rivers swollen with rain even before Typhoon Roke reached Japan.
A typhoon is a natural disaster that can cause heavy rain, strong winds, floods and mudslides.
The typhoon was expected to make landfall along Japan’s southeast coast around midday on Wednesday.
It will then moves northeast through Tokyo and into the northeastern Tohoku region which was hit by the March 11 tsunami and earthquake.
More than a million people were ordered or advised to evacuate.
Kyodo News reported that more than 200 domestic flights were canceled and some bullet train services were suspended.