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Making his first visit to Kumamoto Saturday after the powerful earthquakes that hit the prefecture and other parts of central Kyushu roughly a week ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to throw his full support behind the survivors and those dealing with the aftermath.

Abe’s visit to Kumamoto coincided with the resumption of bullet train service Saturday in a key section of Kyushu Shinkansen Line, between Kumamoto and Hakata stations.

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