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Kyushu quakes hit Japan's broader economy

Some of the cars of this bullet train, which was not running at the time, were derailed by Thursday night's big preshock. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Two powerful earthquakes and a series of aftershocks in the Kumamoto region on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan have cut air, road and rail services, causing wider disruption to the country's already sluggish economy.

     The quakes and aftershocks have halted parts deliveries, forcing even factories left untouched to suspend operations, at least for the coming week. They have also brought tourism -- one of the economy's few bright spots -- to a standstill.

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