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Amazon Japan K.K. signed an agreement Friday with Tokushima Prefecture for consumers to buy and donate relief supplies on the retailer’s website in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster hitting the area.

The Tokushima Prefectural Government says it is the first such agreement Amazon Japan has signed in the country to make ready for a disaster.

Items needed by affected people living at shelters will be registered in a “wish list” put up by Amazon so that shoppers can donate them for delivery within days.

Amazon.com‘s Japan unit offered a similar service after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Many relief organizations took advantage of it, valuing its convenience for getting them what they really needed.

It took around one month for preparations at that time, however, including ensuring that goods would not be delivered to places chosen by people who were not disaster victims.

Under the latest agreement, the Tokushima government will provide a list of designated shelters to Amazon beforehand.

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