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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.

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