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Toyota Motor halts production at three factories due to heavy rains

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Heavy rains in Japan have prompted Toyota Motor Corp. to halt production at three factories in the country's northeastern region, reported Bloomberg citing The Nikkei newspaper.

Public broadcaster NHK said that the rains have caused widespread flooding across the country and also claimed a life. Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that over 700 homes have been flooded in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that the downpours also caused contaminated water at the company's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facility to leak into the Pacific Ocean.

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