Rainy season went on and on. More than a dozen people died in floods and landslides. The government is planning to use a super-smart computer to make 30-years weather forecasts for global warming. Parts of the Shiretoko Peninsula have become inundated with tourists since the remote area of Hokkaido was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, according to The Japan Times. Locals are grumbling about human traffic jams, mountains of litter and having nowhere to park. "Soapland" brothels in Shiga Prefecture are concerned after the election of an environmentally friendly, female governor, according to a Shukan Shincho report in the Mainichi Daily News. The brothels fear she may crack down on them for wasting too much water. Honda is reducing the electricity bills of its vast US factories by making ice at night and using it for air-conditioning during the day. Sharp has invented a solar panel that is twice as effective as current models. A very small plane flew 391m powered by 160AA batteries, like the ones in your TV remote. A cyclist died after he was hit by three cars while going the wrong way down an expressway.
inundate:be inundated (with/by something) to receive so much of something that you cannot easily deal with it all [= swamp]: grumble:to keep complaining in an unhappy way [= moan] brothel:a house where men pay to have sex with prostitutes