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ITSUKI, Kumamoto Pref. (Kyodo) Land minister Seiji Maehara on Saturday visited the site in Kumamoto Prefecture where the Kawabe River Dam was supposed to be built and told local residents new legislation will be drafted to compensate them for its cancellation.

“We aim to pass a new law to provide compensation,” Maehara said at a meeting in the village of Itsuki to exchange opinions on the 43-year-old project.

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