Typhoon Melor hit the country's main island with strong winds. It damaged buildings and roads, halting train service and canceling hundreds of flights.
A local police spokesman said, "Hiroshi Kitahara, 54, was killed as he delivered newspapers early in the morning when his motorbike hit a tree felled by the storm in the coastal prefecture of Wakayama."
According to Japan's Meteorological Agency, at about 11:00 am the storm was over Gunma Prefecture in central Japan, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Tokyo. It was moving north at about 30 miles (50 kilometers) per hour.