【Today's English】Heavy rain hits central Japan; flood, landslide warnings issued

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Heavy rain hits central Japan; flood, landslide warnings issued

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The heavy rain that caused more than 50 deaths in the Kyushu region moved to central Japan on July 8, prompting highest-level warnings against flooding and landslides in two prefectures.

【Today's English】Cloth face masks offer zero shield against virus, a study shows

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Cloth face masks offer zero shield against virus, a study shows

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Cloth face masks, often cobbled together as a makeshift alternative when stocks of surgical masks run low, and sometimes worn as a fashion statement, offer no practical protection against the novel coronavirus, a study shows.

【Today's English】18 dead, 14 missing after heavy rains hit Kumamoto hard

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】18 dead, 14 missing after heavy rains hit Kumamoto hard

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More bad news is in the forecast for Kumamoto Prefecture where heavy downpours are expected to continue on July 5, following flooding after a major river overflowed its banks and inundated communities, claiming 18 lives. 

【Today's English】15 feared dead, 13 listed as missing in Kyushu after heavy rains

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】15 feared dead, 13 listed as missing in Kyushu after heavy rains

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At least 15 people in Kumamoto Prefecture were feared dead and 13 others missing as torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding across the main southern island of Kyushu on July 4.

【Today's English】No shutdown requests after COVID-19 tally tops 100 in Tokyo

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】No shutdown requests after COVID-19 tally tops 100 in Tokyo

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The triple-digit number of new COVID-19 cases shocked Tokyo metropolitan government officials but not enough for them to consider asking businesses to curtail operating hours again.

【Today's English】Aid applications soar, while those in need given the runaround

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Aid applications soar, while those in need given the runaround

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Applications for public assistance have continued increasing at an alarming rate, while many of those in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic say they are hampered by red tape and other obstacles.