The evacuation was recommended to another 5.5 million people in 10 prefectures of the country.
According to Japan’s weather officials, Haishen, at 17:00 local time (08:00 GMT) was 70 kilometres (43 miles) away from the country’s southern Yakushima island and was en route to the north at 35 kilometres per hour (22 miles per hour).
The latest data suggests that atmospheric pressure in Haishen’s centre is 945 hectopascals, while its wind power is 162 kilometres per hour and gusts are up to 216 kilometres per hour.
LOOK: Typhoon #KristinePH (#Haishen) continues to exhibit a well-formed eye this afternoon - now the strongest typhoon (so far) in 2020!— EarthShakerPH (@earthshakerph) September 4, 2020
It is expected to further intensify and could become the STRONGEST typhoon to hit Japan and South Korea in recorded history. pic.twitter.com/TWOQ7QVmsK
Haishen is expected to hit Japan’s Kyushu island on Sunday night.