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Natural disasters

Supertyphoon menaces businesses in flood-hit southwest Japan

New storm on track to reach Kyushu on Sunday or Monday

Haishen is compared to a 1959 storm that left more than 5,000 dead or missing. (Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin/CIMSS)

TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon threatening record-breaking wind and rain for Japan has put companies and transportation networks on high alert, with some moving to cut operations starting this weekend.

Supertyphoon Haishen has drawn comparisons to a 1959 storm that battered the nation's Pacific coast, leaving more than 5,000 dead or missing.

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