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Following a series of storms, including the worst typhoon in decades, the government is ramping up spending on rescue, repair and cleanup. But there’s a catch: There are more shovels than hands.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has agreed to use ¥700 million for immediate disaster relief and may request more money to finance construction after Typhoon Hagibis tore through much of Honshu this month, killing 79 with seven still missing.

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