Kishida Vows to Address Pumice Stone Damage

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that his government will take steps to address damage from pumice stones from an underwater volcanic eruption.

"The fishing industry is being greatly affected. We'll respond properly," Kishida said in a stump speech in the southwestern city of Kagoshima.

Government officials met in Tokyo Thursday and Friday to discuss their response to damage caused by pumice stones from the Fukutoku-Okanoba undersea volcano in the Ogasawara island chain, located some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo.

The stones have so far reached a total of 16 ports and others in Kagoshima Prefecture and the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, making many fishing boats unable to sail.

The government called for all municipalities along the coastline to be on alert as the stones may be taken to north by sea currents.

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