Govt to Designate Typhoon Hagibis as "Specified" Disaster: Abe

Politics

Marumori, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to designate recent powerful Typhoon Hagibis as a "specified" disaster, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a visit to an affected area Thursday.

The government plans to formalize the designation soon. The designation provides benefits to disaster victims, such as the extension of the expiration dates on their driver's license and the valid period of restaurant operation permits, and the suspension of bankruptcy procedures.

Abe unveiled the plan in talks with reporters in the town of Marumori in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, where massive flooding occurred as a riverbank broke due to the 19th typhoon of the year.

Among natural disasters in Japan that were designated as specified disasters in the past were the earthquake that ravaged the western city of Kobe and surrounding areas in 1995, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mainly in the Tohoku northeastern region, the 2016 twin earthquakes in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto and the 2018 torrential rains in western Japan.

"I saw the tremendous scars left by the disaster and listened to the hardships of afflicted people," Abe said. "We'll do whatever we can so that people can go back to living in safety as quickly as possible."

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