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Natural disasters

Deadly Japan floods halt factories across industrial base Kyushu

Production stoppages hit Toyota, Panasonic and Toto

Heavy rains flooded many parts of the Kyushu island in southern Japan.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/KITAKYUSHU, Japan -- Torrential rains in southwestern Japan forced more plants to close Tuesday as floodwaters poured into factories, knocked out power and threatened to cover roads.

Heavy rains are expected to move toward western and central Japan through Wednesday morning, hitting the greater Osaka and Nagoya regions and threatening further business disruptions and property damage. 

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