Japan to Spend 710 M. Yen in Reserve Funds for Typhoon Relief

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Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that the government will use reserve funds totaling 710 million yen under its fiscal 2019 budget to provide relief supplies to people affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

The money will be used to send supplies even before requests come from local governments. Abe unveiled the plan at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament.

Abe reiterated his intention to designate the 19th typhoon of the season as an extremely severe disaster eligible for enhanced state aid for affected areas.

Infrastructure minister Kazuyoshi Akaba apologized for the difficulty people faced accessing the ministry's website offering information about river water levels when the typhoon came.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi dismissed a call from South Korea to ban the use of the "kyokujitsuki" rising sun flag at venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. "We don't think raising the flag amounts to political advertising," he said.

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