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    20 reported missing after heavy rains trigger landslide in Japan

    Landslide has swept away homes in the city of Atami in Shizuoka prefecture.

    At least 20 people have been reported missing on Saturday, after heavy rains hit Japan’s central city of Atami, triggering landslides, according to the public broadcaster NHK.

    NHK quoted local officials as saying that the landslide swept away homes in the city in Shizuoka prefecture.

    Michael Penn from Shingetsu News Agency Joins us from Tokyo for the latest updates.

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