Govt to Strengthen Relief Goods Deliveries before Requests

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Tokyo, July 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government confirmed at a meeting of vice ministers on Tuesday a policy of strengthening a program to send relief goods before receiving requests by municipalities affected by a disaster.

The move reflected expanding damage from the recent heavy rain that mainly hit western Japan.

The government intends to make use of reserves in the fiscal 2017 budget to offer the program for the time being. If funds prove insufficient, the government will compile a supplementary budget.

Under the active support program, the government decides what relief goods are needed for disaster-hit areas on behalf of municipalities, which tend to face worker shortages shortly after a disaster.

The program, which differs from support upon requests, was also offered when a series of powerful earthquakes severely damaged Kumamoto Prefecture in 2016.

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