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Japan was ranked at the top of a list of countries most affected by extreme weather as climate change takes a heavier toll on nations, both rich and poor, according to an annual ranking that measures the damage done by extreme weather to human life and economies.

The Global Climate Risk Index, published on Wednesday by environmental think tank Germanwatch, rated Japan as the most weather-affected country in 2018, hit by a triple whammy of extreme summer heat, torrential rainfall and a powerful typhoon.

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