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With Jan. 6 marking six months since deadly floods devastated parts of western Japan, many residents in the area are still living in temporary housing, towns with declining populations are seeing more people leave and some farmers with destroyed fields have decided to quit farming.

A cosmetics store that had been open for half a century quietly closed down in December. The shop in the town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, was submerged and heavily damaged by the torrential rain last year.

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