• Jiji, Kyodo, AFP-JIJI

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Torrential rain continued in wide areas of Japan on Saturday, with the Meteorological Agency issuing emergency warnings in parts of Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki prefectures, all of which have registered record downpours.

A linear precipitation zone, a band of cumulonimbus clouds that causes very heavy rain, has formed in the region, the agency said. Landslides and flood damage are feared in a wide area stretching from western Japan to the northeastern part of the country with the seasonal front expected to hover over Honshu for a week, according to the agency.

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