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Natural disasters

Typhoon Hagibis swamps Japan's business activity

Flooding and power outages force retailers and gas stations to halt service

The Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture spilled its banks on Oct. 15 after Typhoon Hagibis dumped a huge amount of rain on the area.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Typhoon Hagibis, which dumped torrential rains on eastern and northern Japan from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, left a trail of economic as well as physical damage in its wake.

Flooding and power outages delayed deliveries and cut mobile communications, as well as forcing many retailers to stay shut over a three-day weekend. Some auto parts plants have also remained closed in the aftermath of the storm.

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