Abe Pledges Full Support for Recovery from Typhoon Hagibis
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Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged full support for recovery efforts after Typhoon Hagibis ravaged the country over the weekend.
"We'll make full efforts to ensure affected people live safely again as soon as possible," Abe said at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
The prime minister also indicated that the government is planning to designate the 19th typhoon of this year as an extremely severe disaster eligible for enhanced state aid for affected areas.
The committee set aside one hour to discuss issues related to the typhoon.
Asked about remarks by Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, that the damage from the typhoon was "tolerable," Abe said that there is no tolerable level of damage.
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