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Intense rain in western Japan shuts down Daihatsu and Mazda plants

Over 100 killed and infrastructure damaged region-wide

A flooded residential area in the western Japanese city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on July 9.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The record intense rainfall in western Japan has killed over 100 people as of Monday, mainly in Hiroshima, Ehime and Okayama prefectures. More than 50 are still missing.

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