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KUMAMOTO (Kyodo) Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima told the central government Thursday to cancel its 42-year-old plan to build a dam on the Kawabe River and find a more environmentally responsible flood-control measure for the area.

“The current plan should be totally retracted and a flood control measure not depending on a dam should be pursued,” the governor, who was elected in March, told the Kumamoto Prefectural Assembly.

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