• Kyodo, Bloomberg, Staff Report


As bureaucrats and business executives attempt to gauge the economic cost of the quakes in Kyushu, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday raised the possibility of rapidly compiling a supplementary budget to render assistance to the area.

“The government would like to take every necessary measure” to assist quake-hit areas centering on Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, Abe told an opposition lawmaker in the Diet in response to a query on the issue.

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