Typhoon Phanfone batters Japan 


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The Independent Online

A US serviceman has been killed and two are missing after a powerful typhoon slammed into central Japan this morning, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides.

Typhoon Phanfone came ashore near the city of Hamamatsu and traveled northward before turning eastward into the Pacific north of Tokyo.

Bullet train service was suspended between Tokyo and Osaka because of the heavy rainfall, and more than 600 flights were canceled at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Authorities advised more than 2 million people to evacuate, according to Kyodo News service.